- Our marine environment 2016
- Our fresh water 2017
- Our atmosphere and climate 2017
- Our land 2018
- Our air 2018
- Environment Aotearoa 2019
New and updated for 2019
- Coastal sea-level rise
- Conservation status of indigenous marine species
- Sea-surface temperature
- Primary productivity
- Marine non-indigenous species
- Oceanic and coastal extreme waves
- Ocean acidification
- Bycatch of protected species: Hector’s and Māui dolphins
- Marine economy
This report includes new data on marine litter, though it does not have a separate indicator page.
Indicators updated for Environment Aotearoa 2019
- Coastal and estuarine water quality
- Heavy metal load in coastal and estuarine sediment
- Conservation status of indigenous marine species
Indicators last updated for Our marine environment 2016
- State of fish stocks
- Commercial catch: sharks and rays
- Bycatch of fish and invertebrates
- Protected species bycatch: sea lion and fur seal
- Bycatch of protected species: seabirds
- Commercial coastal seabed trawling and dredging
- Commercial seabed trawling and dredging
- Ocean storms
- Marine-protected areas
Other indicators referred to in this report
We would like to thank the following people and organisations for their invaluable contribution to Our marine environment 2019 and Environmental indicators Te taiao Aotearoa: Marine.
We thank the following for providing data for this report:
- Department of Conservation
- Stats NZ
- Regional Councils.
Senior Science Advisers
We thank the following people and organisations for reviewing this report:
- Cliff Law, NIWA
- Hilke Giles, Pisces Consulting
- Kura Paul-Burke, NIWA.
Technical advisory group
We are very grateful for the assistance of the technical advisory group, who provided advice on potential measures and feedback on draft versions of this report.
- Barb Hayden, NIWA
- Chris Cornelisen, Cawthron Institute
- Debbie Freeman, Department of Conservation
- Anna Madarasz-Smith, Regional Councils Coastal SIG
- Matt Pinkerton, NIWA
- Mary Livingston, Ministry for Primary Industries
- Vaughan Stagpoole, GNS Science.
We also acknowledge Stephen Hunt and Louis Tremblay who provided information for case studies.
This report was compiled by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ’s marine Environmental Reporting team.
Above and below the water at the Mokohinau Islands, Hauraki Gulf.
Credit: Lorna Doogan, Experiencing Marine Reserves
Our marine environment at a glance:
Fishing in Whangaruru, Northland.
Credit: TS Images, Photo New Zealand
What the marine environment means to New Zealanders:
Collecting shell fish at low tide, Duders Beach, Firth of Thames
Credit: Sandii McDonald, Photo New Zealand
Issue 1: Our native marine species and habitats are under threat
Rich biodiversity at the Mokohinau Islands, Hauraki Gulf.
Credit: Lorna Doogan, Experiencing Marine Reserves
Issue 2: Our activities on land are polluting our marine environment
Stormwater pipe, Paremata Harbour.
Credit: Rob Suisted, Naturespic
Issue 3: Our activities at sea are affecting the marine environment
Fishing vessel in the Tasman Sea.
Credit: “Mickrick”, istock photos
Issue 4: Climate change is affecting marine ecosystems, taonga species, and us
Credit: T Whittaker
All our activities put cumulative stress on the marine environment:
Paremata Mana Plimmerton Porirua Harbour and Kapiti Island
Credit: Colin Monteath, Alamy Australia
Towards a better understanding of our environment:
Collecting samples for ocean acidification studies along the Munida Transect, off the coast of Otago.
Credit: Dave Allen, NIWA
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Northland east coast scene south of Cape Brett
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