Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and other area-based management tools (OECMs) have been proved to protect the ocean and bring multiple benefits. We believe that through discussion, we can design the best management policies. We are bidding to bring the 6th International MPA Congress (IMPAC6) to Aotearoa NZ in 2026.

We are building a bid for Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) to host the 6th MPA Congress in 2026

MPAs include marine spatial plans, marine reserves, and also customary tools rāhui, taiāpure and māitaitai. Our goal is to support the emergence of a new joint mātauranga Māori and ecosystem-based framework for the management of Aotearoa’s ocean, with strong protection.

Draft bid document

The bid document is being prepared with Wellington Events team, Tourism New Zealand and partners.

We are working with Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa to form a joint bid to bring the 6th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC6) to Aotearoa New Zealand, likely in May or September 2026.

We firmly believe this country is uniquely positioned to discuss and advance marine protection tools, and shine a light across the world. Aotearoa New Zealand as a bicultural nation can offer a different world view, through Indigenous knowledge and Te Ao Māori, so relevant in these times of climate and biodiversity crisis and that can benefit humanity.

Alongside Te Āti Awa, we are working with Tourism New Zealand , Wellington Events and Tākina Convention Centre, to foster dialogue about marine conservation and especially help the ocean, its ecosystems and species. We have also received extended support from nonprofits, societies and companies across the country and the Pacific region.

In February 2023, will take place in Vancouver, Canada the 5th International Marine Protected Area Congress. (IMPAC5). It is our goal to attend this event and to bring the Congress “home” to host the following 4 years later in 2026 or 27.

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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, and the government.

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