GulfX – protecting and restoring the Hauraki Gulf

Join us on a mission to restore the mauri, the life-giving essence of the Hauraki Gulf (Tikapa Moana or Te Moana-nui-a-Toi)*.

SBN is bringing business people together from across the region to help reverse the degradation of this national taonga. This project received funding from Gulf Innovation Fund Together (G.I.F.T) – a Foundation North initiative. 

GulfX takes a multi-pronged approach. It builds on SBN’s more than 15 years of working with business on sustainability. It embraces the Network’s current work on the low carbon circular economy through SBN’s Circular Economy Accelerator. It also includes the work of SBN’s Million Metres Streams’ project in the region, replanting native plants and trees along our waterways.

The initial aims will be to tackle practical challenges like:

  • keeping plastic from our harbour waters. This will be achieved by reduction, recycling and redesign. It will also be specifically targeted with the promotion of storm water drain litter traps to keep rubbish from entering the sea
  • tackling heavy metal pollution, particularly through transport. This will be achieved by accelerating the shift to smarter transport solutions. It will be specifically targeted by exploring how to reduce the copper content of brake pads for commercial vehicle fleets
  • restoring native bush to the region’s waterways. This will be done by continuing to extend the work of Million Metres Streams projects across the waterways feeding the Gulf

SBN is reaching out to business partners and organisations all over the region to collaborate on further innovations and practical actions.

Rachel Brown is SBN’s founder and CEO.

“We believe the first right of Tikapa Moana, the Hauraki Gulf, is to be healthy and whole in itself. The second right is for the Gulf, its catchments and its inhabitants, all of us, to be healthy. When the water is healthy, so are we.

“We need to restore the mauri, or life essence, of the Gulf back to its healthy state when it is once again buzzing with life. Together we have to re-establish a much more respectful, indeed a healthier relationship with nature.

“In the coming years we will be supporting our members and other pioneering business people to take play their part in this new wave of action. We know many of our network are keen to play a positive role in the way we live and work so our waterways, our oceans that surround and define us, improve.”

Get involved now:

  • Join the mission to restore the Gulf by signing up to be a GulfX Supporter here.
  • Help reduce pollution from the land. There are many practical ways to do this, from installing litter traps in drains, to using low copper brake pads in vehicles, or cutting down on car use. Check out ideas on our Take Action page.
  • Join SBN’s Plastic Packaging Innovation Programme. This will tackle plastics pollution at source, before it reaches our oceans. Do you work for a business that produces or uses significant amounts of plastic packaging? This is your chance to work collaboratively with experts on reduction, redesign and recycling.  
  • Donate to, volunteer for or partner with one of the region’s Million Metres community-led riparian planting projects. Restoring native bush along waterways can reduce pollution flowing into the Gulf.
  • Donate to or partner with GulfX directly.
  • Talk to us about your pioneering solution for the Gulf or how you would like to help – everything from changes in transport to restoring natural ecology. We want to hear from you!

GulfX will initially run for three years. Its first phase will culminate in time for the 2021 Americas Cup and the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting of world leaders.

For more information, check out our FAQ page here and Take Action page here.

Contact GulfX now by emailing phil@sustainable.org.nz or calling him on 021 835 146.

*In one Hauraki tradition, Tikapa Moana takes its name from Gannet Rock, northwest of Waiheke Island. Tikapa means ‘sound of mournful sobbing’ referring to the ebb and flow of the tide around this rock. It was here that early Maori performed rituals and ceremonies to claim the land when they first arrived in Aotearoa. Te-Moanaui-a-Toi or ‘The great ocean of Toi’ refers to the early Polyneasian explorer and navigator.