iKARERE Issue 53, October 2015 | Te Ohu Kaimoana
Director Vacancies Advertised

Become a Director

The search is on for experienced people to fill a variety of roles within the Māori Fisheries Settlement entities. Te Ohu Kaimoana has advertised for positions available on the boards of Aotearoa Fisheries Limited and Te Putea Whakatupu Trustee Limited, while Te Kawai Taumata is engaged in seeking directors for the board of Te Ohu Kai Moana Trustee Limited.

Te Ohu Kai Moana Trustee Limited Directors

Te Kāwai Taumata – the Maori Fisheries Electoral College – has agreed a process for appointing directors to the board of Te Ohu Kai Moana Trustee Limited to fill vacancies as a result of a number of directors’ terms expiring. Candidates are required to provide a brief profile to your Te Kāwai Taumata member in your electoral college. Final Closing dates for nominations to your TKT member are 23 October 2015. Click here for full details.

Aotearoa Fisheries Limited Directorship

An experienced director is sought to fill a vacant position on the board of Aotearoa Fisheries Limited. AFL operates across the entire seafood spectrum from catching, processing and distributing fresh and frozen wet fish and lobster products domestically and internationally. The company comprises Moana Pacific Fisheries, OPC Fish & Lobster, Prepared Foods, Pacific Marine Farms, and Kia Ora Seafoods, as well as 50% of Sealord Group Ltd. It employs more than 1500 people throughout New Zealand and 400 people around the world. For a job description and how to apply, click here.

Board Position on Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trustee Limited

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trustee Limited is the corporate trustee of Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust, the Māori Fisheries Settlement entity established to promote education, training and research in matters relating to fishing, fisheries and fisheries-related activities. Its major strategic goal is to improve educational achievement among Māori and increase Māori in employment. The Trustee manages a fund of more than $20 million and administers a scholarship programme that assists Māori to attain tertiary qualifications or complete business studies. Download a job description.
More information available here.

Operational Review of Fisheries Act

The Minister for Primary Industries recently announced the Government’s intention to undertake an operational review of the Fisheries Act.  The review is to determine whether the Fisheries Act is working as fairly and efficiently as it can. 

The Minister, Hon Nathan Guy, said: “The fundamentals of our system are sound, and overall New Zealand's fish stocks are in good shape, so we won't be looking to make changes to core elements of the quota management system.  Similarly, the existing rights and interests of recreational, customary and commercial fishers, as well as Treaty settlements, are not in scope.” The Minister said the long-term aim of the Review is to make changes that will deliver greater value to all sectors (commercial, recreational and customary) while enhancing sustainability.

There are several stages to the review with the Ministry for Primary industries consulting on the scope and range of measures to be addressed in the Review prior to Christmas 2015.  Te Ohu Kaimoana’s view is that this Review will present opportunities but could also pose threats to the Māori Fisheries Settlement.  The review could result in significant changes that will have an effect on iwi. 

Te Ohu Kaimoana will host a workshop with iwi/ AHC representatives, as well as Aotearoa Fisheries Limited, in November to discuss a combined input into the review from a Settlement perspective.  We will advise the date of that workshop before the end of October.  Te Ohu Kaimoana intends to invite MPI officials to address part of that meeting to provide an update on the review process. Anyone wishing to participate in that workshop can signal their interest by emailing Laws Lawson.


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

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