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Help turn the tide.
Hauraki Gulf Regeneration Fund.

Replenish and regenerate, ridge to reef.


The Hauraki Gulf has huge importance to our city’s communities. For many, it is THE symbol of our city. But it is far from pristine. It needs our protection.


Auckland Foundation has established the Hauraki Gulf Regeneration Fund so generous Aucklanders and New Zealanders can donate to support vital work being done to restore the health of this special habitat.

Above image ©Lorna Doogan-EMR (Experiencing Marine Reserves).

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Regenerating 1.2 million hectares of ocean.

The damage done to over 1,000km of shellfish beds and reefs needs our attention.

We aim to raise $10 million over the next 5 years to accelerate the Gulf’s regeneration for our children’s grandchildren - and beyond.



We are working with experts with a deep knowledge of the issues facing the Hauraki Gulf.

To contribute to our decision making, we have appointed an Advisory Panel of four relevant experts to ensure that grants made from the Hauraki Gulf Regeneration Fund target the highest impact areas.


Our Advisory Panel represent a range of experiences and viewpoints about the protection and regeneration of the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana. Their primary role is to inform the selection of the long-term priority causes which the Fund will support and develop.

Together we will channel public generosity to the projects and initiatives that will have the maximum regenerative impact.

Our Advisory Panel

Nigel Bradly

Dr Nigel Bradly

CEO of Envirostrat, Nigel is a natural resources, energy and marine specialist with 26 years' experience in both the public and private sectors around the world. Strategy development and execution has become a particular focus in the past 15 years and includes leadership roles in multiple acquisitions, mergers, divestments, restructuring, capital raising, execution of a public- private partnership, and creation of new businesses in the energy, primary, environmental, tourism, and financial services sectors.

Shane Kelly

Dr Shane Kelly

Founder and Managing Director of Coast and Catchment, Shane has been the lead author of four State of the Hauraki Gulf reports, and reported on the values and state of many other harbours and estuaries. He has a diverse range of research experience, including Principal Advisor on research and monitoring for Auckland Regional Council where he managed major research, monitoring, and strategic projects, including State of the Environment monitoring and research programmes for water quality, sediment quality and ecosystem health.


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Photo and bio to come

Tim McMains

Photo and bio to come

Above image ©Richard Robinson www.depth.co.nz.

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How you can help change the tide:

  • You can donate today, or you can establish a regular giving programme.
  • You can also choose to do one of two things with your gift:
    • Let Auckland Foundation work with the experts to determine where the funds are best channelled;
    • Or, you may prefer to direct your donation into the areas that mean the most to you; for example, shellfish restoration, ecosystem resilience or island biodiversity programmes.




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If you’re interested in finding out more about the strategy to restore the health of the Hauraki Gulf, or some of the work being done to protect and enhance this important marine habitat, visit SeaChange.org.nz.

If you would like to find out more about the places you can visit in the Hauraki Gulf, visit the Department of Conservation's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park site.

To find out more about the invaluable work DOC is doing to restore the health of the Hauraki Gulf, sign up for updates from DOC's Conservation blog.


To contribute to the Hauraki Gulf Regeneration Fund through volunteering or other avenues, please contact us.