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A proposal to protect at least 20 per cent of the 1.2 million hectare Hauraki Gulf Marine Park has sparked debate from all sides. In a two-part series Michael Neilson takes a look at worrying state of Auckland's big, blue backyard, and plans to restore it. Today: how to save the gulf.

A much-vaunted plan to turn around the "desperate" state of the Hauraki Gulf is back on the table with a Government advisory committee soon to be unveiled and actions expected by next year.

The Sea Change Plan, developed over four years by a cross-sector group, was

What's in the plan?

Collaboration essential

Community action key to turning situation around