We need a NZ Ocean Sanctuary like the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary

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The Kermadecs Ocean Sanctuary would have stretched over 620,000 square kilometres of sea, Pocked with small rocky islands and riddled with underwater volcanoes and deep trenches. It supports life not found anywhere else in the world.

Yet a NZ ocean sanctuary remains to be seen.

New Zealand's biggest ocean sanctuary is seemed to be off the table, in a Winston Peters deal that has blindsided the Greens. 

The 620,000 sq km Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, announced by John Key at the United Nations in 2015, was hailed around the world and passed its first reading in Parliament unopposed. 

But fishing companies and iwi bodies filed legal action opposing it, saying the sanctuary would deny them fishing rights agreed in Treaty settlements.NZ First, whose senior MPs are close to the fishing industry and whose campaign was partly bankrolled by players in the fishing industry, demanded Labour stop the sanctuary. If this government went ahead it would "be one of the world's largest and most significant fully-protected areas, preserving important habitats for seabirds, whales and dolphins, endangered marine turtles and thousands of species of fish and other marine life. This petition is for this government to step up and make a new marine sanctuary or go ahead with the kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.

NZ is lacking in ocean sanctuary’s and our fish stocks are not doing well this would be a great incentive for NZ and the rest of the world to look after our oceans and protect what we have before it’s gone.