Surfbreak Protection Society
Surfbreak Protection Society

Surfbreak Protection Society

Surfbreak Protection Society is a Society dedicated to the conservation of the "treasures" of the New Zealand Surfing Community - our surfbreaks - through the preservation of their natural characteristics, water quality, marine eco systems and low impact access for all. We strive to be Aotearoa's Kaitiaki "Guardians - Trustees" of our surfbreaks and the natural environments that compliment them.
 
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Surfbreak legal protection and planning

New Zealand is recognised as the first country in the world to incorporate surfbreak preservation concepts within its legal and planning framework. The intention of this page is to discuss and link all available literature to do with surfbreaks in …

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  • Mar 11, 2014

    The Hauraki Gulf, known by many as Tikapa Moana and by others as Te Moananui ā Toi, is rightly recognised as a national taonga. Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari is a partnership involving mana whenua, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, the Department of Conservation, Ministry of Primary Industries and Hauraki Gulf Forum. The collaborative process of developing and drafting the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari plan is being managed by a Stakeholder Working Group, appointed to the role in December 2013. Sea Change are seeking your views on how you interact with the Gulf, your experiences with it, and what you want for the Gulf going forward

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  • Feb 19, 2014

    There is real concern from individuals and groups like the Coromandel Watchdog that the TCDC proposed District plan will weaken controls over mining , the term Coastal Zone has been replaced with the term coastal environment without imposing rules around mining in and around the coastal zone, leaving our coastal areas vulnerable to underground and surface mining.

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  • Jan 30, 2014

    –PRESS RELEASE–
    New planning research outlines approaches to the sustainable management of surf breaks in New Zealand
    New Zealand was the first country in the world to adopt surf break protection within its resource management policy framework. This came as a result of a groundswell from the grass roots surfing community backed by an improved knowledge and understanding of surf break environments that had been developing internationally in the area of coastal science.

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  • Dec 11, 2013

    A win – win for Aramoana and Whareakeake surfbreaks
    A comprehensive monitoring plan has been agreed to by all parties with the assistance of Environment Court mediation in Dunedin last week. Port Otago Ltd and Otago Regional Council agreed in principle with SPS scientists and legal team that adverse effects on the surfbreaks at Aramoana and Whareakeake must be avoided with regard to deposition of dredge spoil.

    A baseline study regime for the first year with greatly reduced amounts, plus inclusion of SPS and South Coast Boardriders club observers on the monitoring committee are among the agreed terms of reference. A comprehensive camera system is already in place and it is expected the baseline study will identify possible trigger points for any adverse effects on the surfbreaks.

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  • Dec 9, 2013

    Trans-Tasman Resources Limited, (TTR) have applied for consents to disturb 50 million tonnes of marine sands to extract 5 million tonnes of iron ore per year, if granted, these permits often apply for a term of 35 -40 years.

    Make your submission via the KASM website (http://kasm.org.nz/submission/).

    It should be noted that TTR acknowledges that all living organisms will be destroyed during the extraction process. The applicant is relying on recolonisation of the area only and leaves the damage to nature to mitigate.

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  • Oct 10, 2013

    The Surfbreak Protection Society has appealed the Otago Regional Council Hearing decision to the Environment Court regarding the deposition of dredge spoil in the swell corridors of the Nationally significant surfbreaks of Aramoana and Murderers ( Whareakake) …

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