Paki Rawiri (Waikato / Ngāpuhi) is passionate about Māori and Iwi development, and the continued success of New Zealand’s fishing industry. A previous employee of Te Ohu Kaimoana, spending seven years as the manager of asset allocation, Paki is passionate about enhancing the role that Iwi and Māori will play in designing and leading the future direction of this fishing industry. He completed his Masters in Applied Science (in living marine resources) at the Australian Maritime College in 1999 with the assistance of a scholarship from Te Ohu Kai Moana, the former Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. Paki has direct experience of working in the fishing industry, having been employed in a variety of fisheries-related roles over the last 18 years. He is also a member of Te Kauhanganui o Waikato-Tainui and an elected member to its executive governance committee, Te Arataura. He is also a director of Ngati Tuwharetoa’s Asset Holding Company and fishing company.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released details of its operational review of the Fisheries Act 1996. The review, which was announced last year by the Minister, Hon Nathan Guy, was aimed at improving the framework under which New Zealand’s fisheries are managed.