There are several area-based management tools that have been proved to protect the moana and bring multiple benefits. These include marine spatial plans, reserves, and also customary tools rāhui, taiāpure and māitaitai. We believe that through dialogue, we can identify the best management policies. We are bidding to bring the 6th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC6) to Ōtautahi-Christchurch in 2026

By closing off certain areas of ocean from extractive activities e.g. industrial fishing or mining, marine biomass bounces back and produces multiple benefits.

We are in the process of beginning an official bid to the Executive Committee of IMPAC, piloted by IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas – Marine, to bring the 6th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC6) to Ōtautahi-Christchurch, likely in May or June 2026.

As a place of resilience facing disaster, tucked between mountains and sea, at the bottom of the Canterbury braided rivers, as a gateway to Banks Peninsula and to Antarctica, we firmly believe our City has a unique offering to bring 1,000+ delegates from all around the world to discuss marine protection. Aotearoa New Zealand as a whole can bring a different world view, Te Ao Māori, especially relevant when it comes to managing marine spaces, benefiting humanity.

We are working with Tourism New Zealand, the Christchurch Convention Centre Te Pae, and Christchurch NZ to make this event happen, to foster dialogue about marine conservation, to benefit our City, and especially help the ocean.

Next year will take place in Vancouver, Canada the 5th International Marine Protected Area Congress. (IMPAC5).

It is our goal to attend and to bring the Congress “home” 4 years later in 2026. Join us!

If you are interested in joining an Organizing Committee and/or to sponsor the event, please let us know. We hope to bring as many relevant stakeholders on board as possible, and crucially whānau, hapū and iwi.

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