The Kermadec region is significant to New Zealand and the world, providing an important safe haven for threatened species and an underwater frontier that scientists are only now beginning to explore. In September 2015, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced the government’s commitment to create a 620,000-square-kilometer ocean sanctuary in the Kermadecs, constituting one of the largest fully protected areas of ocean in the world. Pew and its partners have advocated for establishment of this sanctuary to safeguard critical species and support healthy ecosystems in the region for generations to come.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Rt. Hon. John Key and Minister for the Environment the Hon. Dr. Nick Smith officially unveiled legislation March 8 to create the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary at an event in Wellington. Read More
In February, New Zealand’s minister for arts, culture and heritage helped open “Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean,” a traveling art exhibition celebrating the riches of the region’s waters, at the Forrester Gallery in the town of Oamaru. Read More
A map featuring the world's largest highly protected marine reserves. Read More
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Global Ocean Legacy works with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.
From Easter Island to New Zealand: Ocean Conservation across Polynesia
Thousands of miles of ocean separate the islands that shape the Polynesian Triangle — anchored by New Zealand (Aotearoa) in the west, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) to the southeast, and Hawaii to the north.
Map of the Kermadec Region
The Kermadec region – between New Zealand’s North Island and Tonga – is one of the last relatively untouched wilderness areas on the planet.