Legislation & policy


The Māori Fisheries Act 2004 (the Act) has wide implications for iwi organisations and all Māori.

The Act provides the legal framework for the allocation and transfer of Māori fisheries assets. It also specifies:

  • which organisations will receive assets and what legal requirements they
    must meet
  • the roles and functions of Te Ohu Kaimoana (Te Ohu), Aotearoa
    Fisheries Limited (AFL), Te Putea Whakatupu Trust, and Te Wai Māori Trust
  • the mechanisms by which iwi, Te Ohu, AFL, and the two Trusts will be accountable to iwi and individual Māori.

This part of the Te Ohu website allows you to navigate your way through the Act and bookmark sections of special interest to you.