March 09, 2015
Hard fought deal at risk
The chief executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana says Maori will need to think hard about proposed changes to the Maori fisheries settlement.
A statutory 10-year review of the fisheries settlement structures undertaken by Wellington lawyer Tim Castle has recommended Te Ohu Kaimoana be wound up and its assets transferred to iwi.
The iwi would then have the responsibility of managing relations with the industry and government and overseeing the pan-Maori Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, which owns half of Sealord.
Mr Douglas says Maori will remember the extent of debate between the Sealord deal in 1992 and the passing of the Act in 2004 when allocation could start.
"That was a hard fought compromise solution. I don’t think anybody got everything they asked for. There were people who had views about the importance of the size of your tribe. There were people who had views about the size of your coastline. And they ended up with an elegant combination which was a compromise for everybody, so some people made a lot of what they felt they had lost but they need to recognise that there weren’t people who were gloating about what they got at the expense of others," he says.
There will be 10 hui around the country to discuss the report before its recommendations will be voted on at a special general meeting withing 60 working days.
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