Aquaculture and Fisheries Workshops

Tuesday 27 March, from 1pm,
Tauwaka Room, 2nd Floor, Novotel Hotel Auckland Airport

Te Ohu Kaimoana is hosting a workshop on aquaculture and fisheries matters on Tuesday 27 March at the Novotel Hotel Auckland International Airport.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide iwi with insights into key pieces of work we are focusing on, so that we can receive your input and shape our approach accordingly. 

Representatives of all Mandated Iwi Organisations / Iwi Aquaculture Organisations are invited to attend.


  • Te Ohu Kaimoana will present the draft proposal to amend the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Settlement Act 2004 to enable greater flexibility in the allocation of aquaculture settlement assets; and
  • MPI officials will provide an overview of the review of the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Settlement New Space Plan that has just commenced.  The New Space Plan outlines how the Crown intends to carry out its obligations to settle iwi interests in new aquaculture space and must be reviewed by the Minister every 5 years – this is the first review.  As you know the size and nature of New Space Aquaculture settlements in each region is determined through the forecasting of space and then valuation of that development along with a 5-yearly reconciliation process by which actual space is compared to forecast.  This New Space Plan review is starting with examination of approvals of space in each region over the last 5 years to ensure that any under-estimations in any region as shown in the Plan are rectified.


  • A key issue for both the last government and this one is the use of additional measures to protect marine biodiversity.  These include the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, Marine Protected Areas proposals and the Hauraki Gulf SeaChange proposals.  In each case the Fisheries Act 1996 sets out environmental principles that could be used to address areas of risk, but the last government was looking to develop new legislation to implement closures to fishing.
  • In this session, we will examine iwi quota owners’ responsibilities to protect biodiversity under the Fisheries Act.  It will consider what has already been achieved and, consistent with the Deed of Settlement, what else iwi might undertake and promote to other quota owners to have them better protect marine biodiversity under the Fisheries Act and how that might leverage more action by others.  It will then also look at the factors that would need to apply to have a well-designed strategy to better protect marine biodiversity and habitat under the Fisheries Act.

Please register your MIO and IAO representatives by emailing

We look forward to seeing you there.