Sir Mark Solomon Joins Board Of Maori Fisheries Trust

Sir Mark SolomonThe Kaiwhakahaere (chairman) of South Island iwi Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Sir Mark Solomon, has become a director of the Maori Fisheries Trust, Te Ohu Kaimoana, in Wellington.

Sir Mark was elected to the board in November last year by Te Kawai Taumata, the electoral college of iwi organisations.

Te Ohu Kaimoana chief executive Peter Douglas welcomed Sir Mark’s appointment saying that he brings a wealth of business leadership and governance experience to the table.

Sir Mark is a well known New Zealander who has led one of the largest iwi in the country for the last 14 years. He has served on numerous boards including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa from 2001 – 2007, and was an original member of the Minister for Maori Affairs, the Hon Dr Pita Sharples’ Maori Economic Taskforce.

Ngai Tahu has had a long involvement in commercial fishing and runs a successful commercial seafood company, Ngai Tahu Seafood, which supplies seafood products to domestic and international markets. In May 2006, Ngai Tahu, along with other iwi, received shares of the Maori Commercial Fisheries Settlement from Te Ohu Kaimoana through the model of allocation. These assets have assisted Ngai Tahu to strengthen and grow its commercial seafood enterprises. Most seafood offered by Ngai Tahu Seafood is caught against Ngai Tahu quota by Ngai Tahu fishers – families who have been fishing for generations.

Sir Mark was elected Kaiwhakahaere of Ngai Tahu in 1998. Of Ngai Tahu and Ngati Kuri descent, he currently holds directorships on Te Pataka o Rauru, Te Pookai Aronui and Te Tapuae o Rehua. He is a Trustee for Pure Advantage and a Summit Member of the Hillary Institute. Sir Mark replaces Rangimarie Parata-Takurua, who had served two, four-year terms as a director. The Maori Fisheries Act 2004 provides that directors can only serve for eight years as directors.

For interviews, please contact:
Peter Douglas, Chief Executive, Te Ohu Kaimoana, 021 375 162,
Leanne Scott, Ngai Tahu Communications, 021 272 1170