Monday 19 December 2016
Our move into temporary offices at 114 The Terrace following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake to hit the region has provided some challenges to staff.
MĀORI FISHERIES STRATEGY
The Māori Fisheries Strategy work is ongoing and we look forward to providing iwi with our report in the New Year. This strategy is a first step towards reviewing our operational structure and activities which will be determine how Te Ohu operates in the future.
The strategy (and resulting structural changes which flow from it) is necessary to give effect to the resolution passed at the 30 August 2016 Special General Meeting, which stated that Te Ohu undertake immediately a review of its operational structure and activities in line with the Reviewers’ report to confirm the funds available for retention and distribution.
An important part of this process is for iwi to agree the core functions of Te Ohu to support MIOs in the future and which will provide greater clarity on what funds will be available for retention and distribution.
FUTURE OF OUR FISHERIES
Te Ohu Kaimoana has been in talks with the Minister for Primary Industries following iwi rejection of the Government’s proposals outlined in “Te Huapae Mataora Mo Tangaroa – Future of Our Fisheries”. MPI’s proposals fundamentally change core aspects of the Quota Management System and undermine the value of the Māori Fisheries Settlement and iwi access to fisheries.
As communicated earlier this month, Iwi met in Wellington on 7 December and passed a series of resolutions directing Te Ohu Kaimoana to take certain actions in respect of the proposals. These resolutions were conveyed to the Minister for Primary Industries in a letter dated 8 December and resulted in an urgent meeting the following day where Iwi concerns related to the proposals were outlined in person. Te Ohu’s preliminary views are on our website.
We have agreed to meet MPI over the regulatory changes within the proposals before Christmas. In the New Year, we will meet with them on the more significant strategic proposals that have long-term impact on the Māori Fisheries Settlement to ensure that any further development of these proposals align with 1992 Deed of Settlement. We have informed the Crown clearly that Te Ohu Kaimoana will pursue the issue in court if there are divergent views on these matters.
MĀORI FISHERIES CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Next year’s Māori Fisheries Conference and Hui-a-Tau will be held on 29 and 30 March 2017 respectively. We urge you to put those dates in your iwi diaries. Te Ohu will notify iwi and interested parties when our conference website goes live and is ready for people to register. As with previous years, the 2017 conference will be held at the Novotel Hotel Auckland International Airport. The annual report for the year ending 30 September 2016 will be made available in January.
I take this opportunity to wish iwi and our wider Te Ohu community a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Noho ora mai ra