February 25, 2016
Strategy needed for Maori fishing effort
The chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana says the Maori fisheries sector needs a vehicle for long term planning.
The Maori fisheries settlement trust is holding a hui at the Auckland Airport Novotel this morning to consult on a new structure and business plan.
It's shedding some of its responsibilities and its sources of funding in the wake of a decision by iwi to assume full control of Aotearoa Fisheries.
Jamie Tuuta says having made the decision they want Te Ohu Kaimoana to continue in some form, the iwi are debating what its priorities should be.
" We definitely need an iwi, a Maori, a kaimoana strategy for the next 10 years. How we plan on a 3 year period or an annual basis to really identify what the needs are for iwi what the areas for prioritisation might be but fundamentally like all of these things an organisation has got to be able to deliver benefit and value. Ensuring that we also focus On the outcomes rather than just what's the cost," he says.
Jamie Tuuta says there are always going to be issues where is a need for Maori advocacy on a national basis, such as the way the creation of marine protection areas cuts in to Maori fisheries settlement rights.
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