May 02, 2018
Time to seize Tangaroa opportunities
New Zealand First MP and former Te Ohu Kaimoana chair Shane Jones has welcomed the launch of the new fisheries agency, Te Tini a Tangaroa.
He says Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash recognised the model of cramming fisheries into the Ministry for Primary Industries had failed.
There are still challenges, including the need for Maori to realise the full benefits of the 1992 fisheries settlement.
He says Maori need to be vigilant about their rights and get the next generations involved.
"There's a great career there but those of us who are Maori parents or leaders in our community, we need to seize the opportunities and the fisheries leaders need to bring those opportunities closer and closer to the average working class Maori whanau so we can transition our rangatahi so they enjoy the fruits of what our matua, Sir Graham Latimer, Matiu Rata, Sir Tipene (O'Regan) and Bob Mahuta put together in the early 1990s," Mr Jones says.
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