The next hui is expected in April 2011, details will be provided as soon as they are confirmed.
April is appropriate as it signals the sixth anniversary of our mid north iwi fisheries forum.
Ngapuhi and Ngati Whatua are grateful for the ongoing support from many iwi, hapu and whanau as we maintain and strengthen the relationships developed through the Hokianga Accord.
Fishing interests, and particularly our non-commercial interests, are just one aspect of the myriad of issues requiring our attention.
Fortunately, through the Accord, we have built strong bonds with environmental and recreational fishing organisations that assist our forum to advocate for the interests of our mokopuna [descendants].
Accord chairman, George Riley, was recently quoted as saying, “We only need to stop and consider what our grandfathers left us, and compare that with the fisheries we have to pass onto our mokopuna to realise the extent of damage done to our marine resources”.
With the focus firmly tied to the common objective of "more fish in the water/kia maha atu nga ika ki roto i te wai", mid north iwi are well placed to face any challenges to our fishing rights in 2011.