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 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.