iKARERE - Issue 40 - May 2014 - Te Ohu Kaimoana
Sealord names new Chief Executive

Steve YungThe board of Sealord Group Limited has today announced the appointment of former McCain Foods executive Mr Steve Yung to take the helm as its new Chief Executive.

Steve will take up the position on 25 August, replacing Graham Stuart, who has been in the job since 2007. Graham announced his resignation from the position at our Hui-a-Tau in late March.  Sealord Group is 50 percent owned by iwi and Te Ohu Kaimoana through Aotearoa Fisheries Limited and 50 percent by Japanese seafood giant Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Limited (Nissui).

Te Ohu Kaimoana Chairman, Matiu Rei, said today, “Sealord has gone through some tough times in the last few years, most recently from the fallout related to exiting its Argentina operations. The company did not issue a dividend to its Māori and Japanese shareholders last year as a result. The good news is that Sealord has returned to profit and is working to further improve its operations. We look forward to working with Mr Yung when he takes up his role.”

The Chairman of Aotearoa Fisheries Limited, Whaimutu Dewes, and AFL's Chief Executive, Carl Carrington, are also looking forward to working closely with Steve.

Steve Yung was most recently Managing Director of McCain Foods Australia/New Zealand. He has been involved in food service, manufacturing and agriculture businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Canadian markets for the last 30 years. Currently Melbourne-based, Steve is looking forward to moving with his family to New Zealand.

Sealord’s Chairman Matanuku Mahuika says Mr Yung has a strong set of skills that will help the company’s growth and development, particularly in the Australian market.

Read Sealord’s media statement about the appointment here

Applications open for Govt’s Customary Fisheries Research Fund

CFRFThe Ministry for Primary Industries’ 2014/15 Customary Fisheries Research Round is open for application. MPI offers the annual research fund for projects identified and undertaken by tangata whenua in support of management of their customary fisheries.

A guide to the application process and application form can be found on the MPI website. Proposals and applications should be emailed to customaryresearch@mpi.govt.nz by 15 August 2014. Further information can be obtained from Marine Pomarede (Inshore Fisheries, MPI) at marine.pomarede@mpi.govt.nz.

Seafood Industry Conference

Seafood Industry Conference

A reminder to iwi fisheries people interested in attending the Seafood New Zealand conference on 20 August 2014 at Te Papa in Wellington. This year’s one-day programme is built around the theme “Growing the Blue Economy”, which is about enhancing the potential of New Zealand seafood as healthy, safe and sustainably sourced from our cold, clean oceans. The conference will also have a strong political theme being one month out from this year’s general election.

The line-up of conference speakers includes Terje Martinussen, managing director of the Norwegian Seafood Council; ANZ’s chief economist Cameron Bagrie; MPs from National, Labour and the Greens and many others.  Early bird registration closes on 25 July. Further information can be found here.


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

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