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iKARERE - Issue 40 - May 2014 - Te Ohu Kaimoana
 
Orange Roughy, other quota for sale to iwi
 


Orange Rought, other quota for sale to iwi

As announced last year, and discussed at our Hui-a-Tau in March, Te Ohu Kaimoana, Aotearoa Fisheries Limited and Sealord Group Ltd purchased Auckland company Anton’s Seafoods Limited’s quota, including its Orange Roughy Area 1 Quota, and the Mt Wellington factory.

Our contribution was the purchase of a $5 million parcel of quota shares in FMA1, largely the Orange Roughy (ORH1) but included squid, alfonsino, ruby, cardinal and some other stocks.

Those quota shares were purchased to give iwi, through their Asset Holding Companies, the opportunity to invest directly into this fishery.

We are now making an offer to all iwi and this offer is being sent out by post. A copy of our letter and the terms and conditions of the sale and purchase are also available on our website.

Don’t let this opportunity slip by. Check out our Offer Page which has all the details.
The time to act is now!

 
     
Letter from Chair of Committee of Representatives
 


REVIEW 2015: Letter from Chair of Committee of Representatives

A Committee of Representatives has been appointed to undertake its duties under the Māori Fisheries Act in respect of the 11-year review. The review is to consider the governance arrangements of the Māori Fisheries Settlement structures and the restrictions on the sale of settlement assets.

The Committee has developed a DRAFT Terms of Reference for MIOs, RIOs, RMOs, AHCs and relevant parties to consider before being finalised for the reviewer.

The Chair of the Committee of Representatives, Mark Ngata, has written to all parties and a copy of that letter can be found here on the Review website.  Check out FAQs about the 2015 Review.

 
     
EPA rejects iron sands mining application
 


An update on our May iKarere, where we reported that Te Ohu Kaimoana, along with fishing industry groups and iwi, had opposed an application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd (TTRL) to mine iron sand deposits from the South Taranaki Bight.

TTRL, a privately-owned New Zealand company, applied for resource and marine consents to mine an area of approximately 65.76 km2 off the coast of Patea, in water between 20 and 45 metres in depth. On Wednesday 19 June, the EPA’s Decision-Making Committee declined the application for a marine consent. See TTRL’s statement on the decision here.

It was Te Ohu Kaimoana’s considered opinion that there was significant uncertainty around the potential effects of the TTRL operation on fisheries and, as a consequence, the Fisheries Settlement interests of iwi. Read our explanation here or download our submissions.  Ngati Ruanui also opposed the application and their position can be found in an article by CEO Debbie Packer.

 
     
Chatham Rock Phosphate plan to mine seabed
 


VBTWe have provided information about the company Chatham Rock Phosphate, which has applied for consent to mine phosphate from an area of sea approximately 10,000sq km located on the Chatham Rise. 

The company needs a marine consent from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) although it has already been granted a mining permit under the Crown Mineral’s legislation. Further information about the application can be found here.  Te Ohu Kaimoana has concerns about the potential impact of the activity on the environment and fisheries.   The area is important for deepwater fisheries in which all iwi share an interest, and it also includes a Benthic Protection Area that protects the seabed by prohibiting bottom trawl fishing in the area.

Chatham Rock Phosphate has now lodged their application for a marine consent with the EPA and that application has been publicly notified. Submissions close on 10 July 2014.  Te Ohu will participate in the submissions and hearings process along with other fisheries and iwi submitters.

For further information please contact Kirsty Woods at Te Ohu Kaimoana. 

 
     

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

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