Kia Ora, Welcome
to Aotearoa New Zealand
New Zealand, the city of Wellington, along with the Blue Cradle Foundation and
Te Rūnanganui o Te Ātiawa welcomes the 6th International Marine Protected Area
Congress (IMPAC6) to the country of open hearts, open minds and open spaces.
The 6th International Marine Protected Area Congress in Aotearoa New Zealand
Working in co-leadership, the Blue Cradle Foundation is partnering with Wellington region based mana whenua (who hold authority over the land) Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa to host IMPAC6 in our capital city, Te Whanganui-a-Tara. The shared objective is to bring iwi and hāpū, communities, institutional stakeholders, nonprofits, the private sector and the general public to create
significant local and lasting global impact from Aotearoa New Zealand.
IMPAC6 will welcome our Pacific island neighbours, friends and colleagues from around the world and beyond to exchange on ocean solutions and marine protection tools, to improve their design and management. Through Te Ao Māori and mātauranga Māori, our ambition is to build trust and foster collaboration, research opportunities and ocean literacy education.