It’s almost one year since our haerenga around the motu. One year since we talked and listened to iwi, hapū, and whānau representatives about our role and the different ways we can support iwi.

Since then, we have brought together all this kōrero into our Rima Tau Rautaki – a five-year strategy. We wanted to capture the essence of the Māori Fisheries Settlement and imagine what it would look like when our mahi was making an impact. It came down to this: thriving whānau, determining their relationship with Tangaroa.

It’s about our people. It’s about our relationship with Tangaroa and all the different ways this supports our iwi and hapū huri noa i te motu. Customary regulations, environmental degradation, rāhui and the health of kaimoana, working with our Māori fishing companies, tupuna rights, research and innovation, there are many faces to the work we undertake.

We identified four pou arataki to guide us in our mahi. Each touches on an aspect of our mahi: the legislative and policy system impacting iwi fishing and our relationship with Tangaroa, iwi capability in management of fisheries and marine interests, research and innovation and protecting the Deed of Settlement for the benefit of our future generations. These, alongside our vision, values and Te Hā o Tangaroa framework will take us forward in a new direction with a fresh approach.

For those who joined us on the roadshow and shared their feedback and hopes – we hope you see yourselves, your whānau and your aspirations in this strategy.