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Welcome to the first iKARERE for 2010, which is already shaping up as a big year for Maori fisheries and for Maori in general. Put that all in the context of a nation and a world struggling through perhaps the definitive economic crisis of our lifetimes, and it is clear that the decisions we make and work we do in 2010 has the potential to shape our futures for many years to come.

It is in this world that Te Ohu Kaimoana will this year move into a new phase of its work, with the allocation and transfer of assets largely completed.

In this issue of iKARERE, we see that shift, as we report on our recently held Hui-a-Tau and the approval of the 51st of 57 iwi as mandated iwi organisations. We then move to the ‘new’ as we share with you our timetable towards developing a Kaimoana Strategy for the Maori fisheries
sector – a crucial piece of work for a coherent, co-operative and successful future.

We also show that future-focus in a human context with items on the two Global Fisheries Scholars who have just
left for a year in Japan, where they will be with Te Ohu Kaimoana’s valued partner, the multinational fishing giant, Nissui. The experience will enrich the lives of two impressive young men and open doors for them to step-up their careers in the fisheries sector. That is a good note to begin the
year on.

Best wishes for 2010 for a prosperous year for us all.

Peter Douglas, Chief Executive (peter.douglas@teohu.maori.nz)


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Hui-a-Tau 2010

Te Ohu Kaimoana's and Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd's (AFL) joint Hui-a-Tau (annual general meeting) was hosted by AFL at Auckland’s Stamford Plaza hotel on Saturday, 30 January.  The occasion proved successful, with both organisations reporting on the past year’s activities and pointing to their future work. With Te Ohu Kaimoana moving from the asset allocation and transfer phase into the next stage of its work, we were able to report a very solid platform – 50 of 57 iwi now mandated iwi organisations (Ngati Manawa becoming the 51st the day before the Hui-a-Tau (see item below); and more than 80 percent of Fisheries Settlement assets – that’s worth more than $480 million – now allocated to iwi. We also reported that 48 percent of New Zealand coastline has been agreed between iwi, and that last year saw the $97 million Aquaculture Settlement for pre-commencement space. We have a solid record of achieving what we have set out to achieve over the last five years, and that now becomes the platform on which we move into the next phase of our work.


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Ngati Manawa 51st MIO

Te Ohu Kaimoana’s Board approved Ngati Manawa as the 51st mandated iwi organisation (MIO) at its January 29 meeting. With Ngati Manawa having met all the requirements of the Maori Fisheries Act for MIO status, there are now only six iwi still to do so. While Te Ohu Kaimoana will continue to work with these iwi, our focus is moving into the next phase of our work for iwi and Maori fisheries. We have now clearly signalled that we will be looking to assure that neighbouring iwi of the six non-mandated iwi can get their full entitlements. The onus will increasingly be on the remaining six to drive their MIO processes for themselves.


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Plans for the Kaimoana Strategy

In November last year, Te Ohu Kaimoana hosted a Kaimoana Strategy Workshop in Wellington for about 50 representatives from 30 different iwi.  It was a well-received first step towards a Kaimoana Strategy for Maori fisheries. This year we are going to build on that positive start. At the Hui-a-Tau late last month, the next steps were outlined, including the stage we are currently in, talking with iwi and fisheries companies. At the end of March, we will make a presentation at the Maori Fisheries Conferencee. We intend to release a strategy outline in April identifying likely key areas of the Strategy. In May, we will host another workshop to discuss key areas. We will be extending invitations to this shortly.  The aim will be to release a full draft strategy in July for consultation, with a view to incorporating that feedback in the final Kaimoana Strategy to be released in October. The Strategy is an important undertaking. Maori fisheries needs a clear road map and clear priorities if we are to fulfil the potential that is within the sector. We look forward to working with iwi on developing this.


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Global Scholars off to Japan

One of Te Ohu Kaimoana’s most significant undertakings each year is its commitment to the Global Fisheries Scholarship, which it runs in partnership with the Japanese multi-national fishing company, Nissui. The programme is about developing young to mid-career Maori professionals interested in or working in the fisheries sector, so they can take their career, skills and knowledge to the next level. Normally there is one scholar per year, but this year two – Ryan Watene and Te Tane Trinick – were selected, which really reflected the high calibre of the field of 17 who applied.

Ryan WateneScholarship years in the making for Ryan Watene

For Gisborne Justice Ministry official Ryan Watene, becoming one of two 2010 Global Fisheries Scholars to study in Japan will be the culmination of nearly a decade of planning.  Ryan (Ngati Kahungunu) first looked at the scholarship in 2002. "As a student I was really keen, but soon after graduation I came to the conclusion that I was not yet committed enough at that point in my life. “I think it’s taken me this long to mature my thinking, and to get the level of commitment I needed to have to real look at building a successful career in the fisheries industry,” he said.  Ryan, married with one son, also credits his success in getting the scholarship to the ongoing support he has received from iwi organisations Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated. “I really am looking to using the Global Fisheries Scholarship to gain knowledge and skills in opening up overseas markets for New Zealand-based companies. I want to learn from the best, and the chance to see how Nissui in Japan operates in international markets gives me the chance to do that.”

Te Tane TrinickTe Tane Trinick’s first step to a bright business future

Being a 2010 Global Fisheries Scholar to Japan is the perfect kick-start to the fisheries career dreams of Te Tane Trinick, 23. The recent Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Bachelor of Applied Science graduate majored in aquaculture, Te Tane (Te Whanau a Apanui) said he had long had an interest in marine biology. He started his studies in that discipline, but moved over to aquaculture, keeping him in the sea, but with the potential for a more business-focused, entrepreneurial future. “My interest has always been in marine life, but I look at aquaculture and I see a growing industry, and I thought there could be a bit of money to be made there,” he said. He hopes the Global Fisheries Scholarship will give him “exposure to technology and processes, and markets and skills, that I otherwise would not get”, as a first step to perhaps one day managing, or owning, an aquaculture business. “It’s going to be a huge year for me and a huge opportunity,” he said.


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Maori Fisheries Conferencee

One of the most significant events on the fisheries sector’s calendar is the annual Maori Fisheries Conferencee, and this year’s event in Napier from Sunday, 28 March to Tuesday, 30 March is no exception. Organised each year by Te Ohu Kaimoana and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana, it’s of particular significance in these changing times as a chance for Maori in the fisheries and seafood sectors to come together and be exposed to the latest ideas and thinking, and hopefully work together more in the future. Coming early in the year, it’s a timely and important opportunity for us all. Go to www.manamoana.co.nz for more information on this year’s Conferencee and the chance to register.


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New Takutai Website

The Takutai Trust has launched its new website to keep iwi informed of the latest developments around aquaculture - an area of increasing growth and opportunity. The website can be found at www.takutai.maori.nz or through the Te Ohu Kaimoana website at www.teohu.maori.nz


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