The name Te Korowai o Tangaroa (the feathered cloak of Tangaroa) was gifted by Selwyn Parata (Ngāti Porou) and is representative of the entities of Te Ohu Kai Moana Group serving as protectors of Tangaroa and his realm, a responsibility entrusted to our entities through whakapapa, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Māori Fisheries Settlement (Deed of Settlement), and the Māori Fisheries Act 2004.
In each edition, you will read stories from iwi, hapū, marae, and whānau on their connection to fisheries and the moana and hear about the work they are doing in their rohe for the betterment of Tangaroa’s domain. Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Māori Fisheries Trust), the successor to the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission, will showcase its work, value, and people, as well as ngā whānau o Te Ohu Kaimoana, Te Wai Māori Trust (the freshwater Māori fisheries trust), Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust (Māori education and training trust), Moana New Zealand, Aotearoa’s largest Māori owned seafood company, and Sealord Group Ltd who are 50% owned by Māori. You will also read thought-provoking and challenging whakaaro from Māori leaders, fishers, experts in mātauranga Māori, and business leaders on a range of varying kaupapa in issues to come.
Our vision for Te Korowai o Tangaroa is to document the history, whakaaro and stories of our people – the hard stories and the good. It is to serve as a permanent record and reminder of those who have paved the way for us so far, and to shine a light on those who will lead us in the marine space now and into the future. We hope you enjoy reading.