Te Ohu names Global Fisheries Scholar 2015

Te Ohu Kaimoana is pleased to announce that the next Global Fisheries Scholar is Mr Charles Rowe, 25, of Ngati Mutunga.

GFS 2014 - Charles Rowe

From Hikuai, near Thames, Charles is currently studying a Masters of Law in International Relations (MIR) at Peking University, in China. He will take up the 12-month business scholarship at the beginning of next year, working out of the Tokyo offices of Nippon Suisan Kaisha, our 50 percent partner in Sealord Group, and will complete the last months of his MIR while in Japan.

Charles attended Whangamata Area School before moving to Dunedin where he completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Japanese and Asian studies, a Bachelor of Science, majoring in food science, and a Diploma of Language endorsed in Chinese, at Otago University.

Chairman of Te Ohu Kaimoana, Matiu Rei, says that Charles was a standout candidate for the 2015 scholarship, which attracted 16 well-qualified applicants.  “We are pleased that Charles accepted the scholarship. He is focused on a career in food safety and security, proficient in Japanese and Mandarin and has spent years studying Asian cultures at an academic level and from spending time in China and Japan.”

“We have every confidence that the Global Fisheries Scholarship will go a long way towards advancing Charles’ knowledge and experience in his chosen field and this will ultimately benefit Māori fisheries businesses,” Matiu says.

Charles’ work in China has included researching into Shanghai Pengxin’s evolving relationship with Māori farming businesses and the operation of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), of which New Zealand is a party. Both sets of research have been undertaken while at Peking University. While he has not been involved with the fishing industry previously, this is something that Charles is keen to change.

Chief Executive Peter Douglas says the scholarship committee was impressed with Charles’ academic record and that he also exhibited a strong desire to advance Māori businesses in particular.

“There are challenges faced by iwi and Māori seafood exporters when trading throughout Asia. Charles understands that Māori exporters are able to tell a good marketing story which includes our clean, green credentials, along with our tikanga and way of doing business, and he is keen to learn how Māori businesses can take advantage of that.”

“Food security and access to quality food products produced from an environmentally sustainable resource are important factors for our trading partners when buying from New Zealand,” says Peter.

Charles also works at the university as a liaison officer for the New Zealand Centre, which provides information to Chinese about studying in New Zealand and gives exposure to Kiwi educational institutions. The centre also runs a New Zealand studies course and assists visiting Fellows.

Read about Charles Rowe, our Global Fisheries Scholar 2015, here.