September 08, 2014
Big issues for iwi in TOKM review
Te Ohu Kaimoana deputy chair Raniera Tau says missing out on a dividend last year might affect the way iwi respond to the review of the Maori Fisheries Settlement Act.
Barrister Tim Castle has been appointed to review the fisheries settlement trust, as well as the three other bodies set up to manage collective Maori fisheries interests.
These include Te Wai Maori Trust, which advocates on fresh water, Te Putea Whakatupu Trust, which promotes Maori education, training and research, and Aotearoa Fisheries, which holds the Maori half share in Sealord and other commercial assets.
Mr Tau says the problems faced by Sealord as it exited a loss-making investment in the Argentinian hoki fishery was a wake up call for iwi.
"The last year AFL didn't pay a dividend because of the Sealord issue so all those sorts of things come into focus as we look at whether they are serving the purposes they were set up for, and if not, where do we want them changed," he says.
Other issues concerning iwi are the role of Te Putea Whakatupu, which was created after pressure from urban Maori, whether Te Ohu Kaimoana should continue to hold 20 percent of fisheries settlement assets, and restrictions on the trusts that hold fisheries settlement assets for individual iwi.
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