iKARERE - Issue 40 - May 2014 - Te Ohu Kaimoana

Kia ora,
Te Ohu Kaimoana’s work strives to achieve an enduring Māori Fisheries Settlement. As well as ensuring that the settlement assets are allocated to Mandated Iwi Organisations, it’s important that access to fisheries is maintained for iwi. We are working with iwi and fishing industry representatives on a number of important issues that impact directly on iwi’s ability to access fish and fishing space, and an update on this work is provided below.
If you have any questions in respect of these issues, please contact Kirsty Woods at Te Ohu Kaimoana.

Nga mihi,
Te Ohu Kaimoana

Mining company appeals against decision

Trans-Tasman Resources

Te Ohu Kaimoana and 11 other parties are opposing Trans Tasman Resources Limited’s (TTRL) appeal against a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority refusing to grant marine consent to mine iron sands off the coast of Taranaki.

The parties opposing the appeal include iwi, fishing industry parties and NGOs. A date for the hearing has yet to be set.  

TTRL is a privately-owned company seeking permission to extract iron sand deposits from the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight, off the west coast of the North Island. According to the website of TTRL, the application is for a project area of approximately 65.76 km2 off the coast of Patea, in water between 20 and 45 metres in depth. The area is inside New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) but outside of the 12-mile territorial limit.

Our concerns were outlined in a submission and discussed in an article published in May. Ngati Ruanui has undertaken extensive work on this proposal.  Further updates will be provided as they come to hand.

Hearing on phosphate mining next month

Phosphate miningThe hearing of the Environmental Protection Authority into an application by publicly listed company Chatham Rock Phosphate (CRP) is expected to begin 25 September, after the company sought extra time from the Authority to gather additional information in support of its application.  CRP has been asked by the EPA for much more information on the environmental effects of the proposal as well as the effects on commercial fishing.  Those who have made submissions and who wish to lodge additional evidence with the EPA must do so by 8 September.  

CRP is proposing to mine phosphate from the seabed on the Chatham Rise within an 820sq km area for which it has a mining permit, but ultimately is planning to extract minerals from a wider area.  The company originally sought a marine consent for a total area of 10,192sq km. However, it has subsequently removed a large area towards the eastern end of their proposal from their application

Te Ohu Kaimoana has been working with the Deepwater Group (DWG), Ngai Tahu and iwi from the Chatham Islands to prepare for the hearings and we lodged our submission in early July.  Our evidence to the EPA hearing will expand on that submission and focus on the potential impact of the activity on the Fisheries Settlement.  Our original submission can be found here
Read Fish Information Services (FIS) article about CRP here.

Foreign Charter Vessel Bill passed before Parliament rises
The much debated Bill reforming the law around the use of Foreign Charter Vessels in New Zealand’s deepwater fishery has passed its final reading in Parliament. The law requires that all FCVs working in New Zealand are flagged to New Zealand by May 2016. Te Ohu Kaimoana worked hard to promote alternatives that would address bad practices on foreign fishing vessels without penalising good performers.  

As iwi are relatively new to the fishing industry, we supported the idea of a longer transition for iwi to enable them to adjust their arrangements with fishing operators.  However, these proposals were not agreed by Cabinet and the Bill was passed.  Te Ohu will monitor the impact on iwi of the changes brought about by the new legislation.

Our submission to Parliament on FCVs can be downloaded here. An article by FIS can be found here and Sealord Group’s statement on the law can be downloaded here.

Seafood Bites
Seafood NZ conference – Seafood New Zealand’s conference “Growing the Blue Economy” is held on 20 August at Te Papa, Wellington. If you have not already registered, you can do so here.  The one-day programme is about enhancing the potential of New Zealand seafood as healthy, safe and sustainably sourced from our cold, clean oceans. Further information can be found here.

Whitianga Scallop Festival One of Aotearoa’s most popular seafood events, the Whitianga Seafood Festival (6 September 2014) includes 60 cuisine stands turning out mouth-watering dishes. The event includes entertainment from Kiwi performers and seafood cooking demonstrations.

11-Year Review – The Māori Fisheries Act 2004 provides for a review after 11 years of operation. The review is to assess the effect of the governance arrangements of Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Māori Fisheries Trust), Aotearoa Fisheries Limited (AFL), Te Putea Whakatupu Trust, and Te Wai Māori Trust. More information is on our website here


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

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