On Thursday, 15 October, the McGuinness Institute hosted a round-table meeting to discuss the feedback received on the Draft Discussion Paper 2015/01: Proposal for the Creation of an Oceans Institute.

The paper shares ideas about (i) why such an institute is necessary, (ii) what its success would look like, (iii) how the institute would come into being and operate and (iv) obstacles to its establishment. You can see the draft discussion paper by clicking the image below or by downloading a copy from our website. The paper is a work in progress, and we invited feedback as a way to give the paper a stronger impact. The feedback came from a diverse range of groups and individuals with a common interest in the effective management of New Zealand’s oceans. Though opinions differed, the group was very eager to find a way forward.

As a result of the feedback and subsequent discussion, the paper will undergo further review before final copies are sent to a wide range of interested parties such as politicians, iwi, philanthropists, leaders in the public service, industries and NGOs. The final version of the discussion paper is due to be published in November 2015.

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This paper forms part of the McGuinness Institute’s Project One Ocean, which explores how New Zealand might best manage its oceans, and which the Institute has been working on since 2012. For more information please see our Project One Ocean page. If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact us at oneocean@mcguinnessinstitute.org.