Manukau Harbour Welling Being Focus

The health of the Manukau Harbour in focus


From Auckland Council

Focus on wellbeing of Manukau Harbour

A new event will identify key issues and outcomes that will impact and restore the mauri, or life-force, of New Zealand’s second largest harbour, the Manukau.

Instigated by the Manukau Harbour Forum, the Manukau Harbour Forum Symposium is focused on the harbour’s future, and on real actions that can contribute to the restoration of its mauri. It will consider proposed and current projects, innovative approaches and smart ways of acting to create a new reality.

The event will acknowledge the Manukau Harbour’s significance, and to present traditional knowledge, acquired over generations, alongside scientific knowledge.  Restoration of the Manukau Harbour’s mauri will be a key focus.

It is organised by the Manukau Harbour Forum, a committee of Auckland Council represented by the nine local boards that surround the harbour.

“We wanted to bring the message of the Manukau Harbour Forum to the wider Auckland community, to share visions and identify priorities for protection and development of this taonga (treasure),” says Jill Naysmith, Chair of the Manukau Harbour Forum.

“The harbour is a local, regional and national taonga, and it deserves our attention and long term, cohesive planning between mana whenua and all groups of stakeholders.”

The Manukau Harbour Forum Symposium will include an exhibition of mana whenua artists, depicting their connections to the harbour with copies of an original artwork by Charlotte Graham to be presented to each of the three Mauri o te Moana award recipients. The awards recognise mana whenua, individuals, stakeholders or community groups for their work to protect and restore the mauri of the harbour.

The Manukau Harbour Forum Symposium will be held on Friday 10 June at Ngā Tohu o Uenuku (Māngere Arts Centre) and is free to attend. Booking is essential. You can find out more, reserve a seat, and nominate someone for an award, by visiting



Facts about the Manukau Harbour


  • With 375-square-kilometres of tidal waters and mudflats, the Manukau Harbour is the second largest in New Zealand.
  • It is home to more than 50,000 migratory birds, and a wide range of marine life, including Maui dolphin, bronze whaler sharks and orca, which either visit or live in the harbour.
  • A large proportion of the national commercial catch of grey and yellow-eyed mullet is sourced from the Manukau.
  • 60 per cent of the harbour is sand and mudflats.
  • In Auckland Council’s 2012 State of Auckland Marine Report Card, the harbour received a D grade for water quality, contaminants and ecology, the result of years and, in some areas, decades of deterioration.


About the Manukau Harbour Forum

  • The Manukau Harbour Forum is a committee of Auckland Council through the nine local boards that surround the Manukau Harbour.
  • The member boards are Franklin, Papakura, Manurewa, Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Puketāpapa, Whau, and Waitākere Ranges.
  • The Manukau Harbour Forum’s vision is to see the Manukau Harbour recognised and valued as a significant cultural, ecological, social and economic taonga (treasure).
  • It seeks to develop a programme of integrated harbour management which will ensure that the Manukau has a rich and diverse marine and terrestrial environment that is enjoyed by all.



I wonder how building a motorway along the foreshore of the Manukau Harbour at Onehunga is meant to be of benefit to the Manukau Harbour and its people? I doubt there are any benefits…