March 29, 2017
King Salmon crown’s true partner
South Island iwi say water space the crown wants to offer a multinational fish farming company are sacred to Maori.
The Government proposed to use section 360 of the Resource Management Act to lift local body zoning off water space where New Zealand King Salmon wants to expand its farms in the Marlborough Sounds.
Butch Bradley from Ngati Apa ki Te Ra To says when the eight top of the South Island iwi and Ngai Tahu sought the same space for their aquaculture settlement, they were told fish farming was prohibited in the district plan.
He says the Government seems to care more for the interests of a private company than for its treaty partners.
"This isn’t just about iwi. For me this is about kiwi, this is about all the people who live in the entire region. Many of the waters are sacred to Maori and that has been accepted by the fishing industry here. So all of a sudden you have a large international company that has tried to make a go of it, wants to move into some pretty pristine waters and goes to the government and the Government now wants to work on their behalf," Mr Bradley says.
Ngati Apa and other iwi fear King Salmon’s plans will destroy the seabed.
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