September 01, 2016
Urbans consulted on fisheries trust review
Iwi have agreed Te Ohu Kai Moana should consult with urban Maori groups about the future of He Putea Whakatupu Trust.
The trust was supposed to be the way Maori who were not connected to their iwi could get a share of the Maori fisheries settlement, but over its 12-year existence urban Maori have had little influence on spending.
In an action taken by Waipareira and the National Urban Maori Authority, the High Court found Te Ohu Kaimoana had misinterpreted the law around the appointment of trustees and distribution of benefits.
It said every director must be able to represent urban Maori, rather than the prevailing situation where two of the three were strongly iwi-focused.
The consultation will involve not just NUMA and other national Maori organisations referred to in the Maori Fisheries Act but other urban grouping.
Recommendations will be put to the next Te Ohu Kaimoana annual meeting.
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