August 06, 2020
Bill lets TOKM sidestep aquaculture fights
Changes are afoot in the way iwi get their start in aquaculture.
Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says elements of the 2004 Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act have prevented some iwi from accessing and developing marine farming space.
An Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament today will give the Māori fisheries settlement trust, Te Ohu Kaimoana, new limited discretionary powers to allocate aquaculture assets where all iwi in a region are unable to reach agreement.
Mr Nash says the changes will ensure iwi aquaculture organisations can access their settlement assets in a timely way, if they wish to do so, while also protecting the interests of iwi who do not wish to claim their assets.
There isn’t time for the bill to be read a first time and sent to select committee before the House rises, but interested parties can now have access to the proposed legislation and begin to prepare their submissions.
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