iKARERE - Issue 40 - May 2014 - Te Ohu Kaimoana


New Space Settlement plan released

The Government has released its plan for settling iwi interests in new aquaculture space under the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004.

The Māori Commercial Aquaculture Settlement New Space Plan outlines how the Crown intends to settle iwi interests in ‘new aquaculture space’ — new space for all key aquaculture species of green lipped mussels, Pacific oysters and salmon :

  • approved between 2011 and 2014, and
  • forecasted to be approved and developed between 2015 and 2035.   

The Maori Commercial Aquaculture Settlement New Space Plan  The plan also outlines the jointly developed methodology for valuing aquaculture settlement assets and calculating the difference in value to iwi for them to commence aquaculture if they held authorisations under the 2011 and 2004 resource consenting regimes in accordance with the Act.   

The New Space Plan has also been accompanied by Crown Offers for Regional New Space Aquaculture Settlements for Northland, Auckland, Waikato-East, Marlborough, Tasman, Canterbury and Southland where a new space settlement obligation is forecast.  These offers were sent to respective iwi over the last two weeks. 

Te Ohu Kaimoana welcomes the release of the plan and Crown Offers, which will help iwi make commercial decisions on what form they wish to receive their settlement assets, generally cash, authorisations, or a combination of both.

Te Ohu Kaimoana will be engaging intensively with iwi in the relevant regions over coming months to work through the details of the settlement offer, with a view to the regions engaging negotiations with the Crown by the end of 2014.

MPI will present the plan and their accompanying offers at a meeting of the National Iwi Steering Group to be held in Wellington on 26 August.  This will be followed up with meetings in each of the relevant regions with MPI, Te Ohu Kaimoana and iwi in September.

For more information, please contact Te Ohu Kaimoana policy analysts Beth Tupara-Katene or Graeme Hastilow.

Bay of Plenty iwi to share in $2.1m aquaculture settlement

Bay of Plenty

A Regional Aquaculture Agreement worth approximately $2.1 million for 11 iwi in the Bay of Plenty has been signed by Ministers of the Crown.

The Agreement will settle the Crown’s obligations for pre-commencement space for the Bay of Plenty.  Pre-commencement space refers to all aquaculture space consented under the regime that operated between 21 September 1992 and 31 December 2004.

For the Agreement to come into force it must now be signed by the mandated representatives of the 11 iwi.  Te Ohu Kaimoana staff plan to take the Agreement around the Bay of Plenty in September for the Iwi Aquaculture Organisations to sign.  The sooner the agreement is signed by iwi, the sooner the funds can be transferred to the Takutai Trust and held in an interest-bearing account while iwi agree on an allocation model for settlement assets.

The majority of the settlement funds relate to the large offshore aquaculture farm off Opotiki (agreed valuation of approximately $2.08 million), with the remaining settlement related to pre-commencement oyster space in Ohiwa Harbour, (valued at approximately $22,000).


Contact Te Ohu Kaimoana- phone: +64 4 931 9500 website: www.teohu.maori.nz

For more information email: ika@teohu.maori.nz