Te Ohu Kaimoana
Credit goes to
Peter Douglas, Chief Executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana for attending
the hui and speaking on this contentious topic. While his
role is to protect Maori commercial fishing interests, he
has a big whanau who like to catch and eat fish too.
A list of questions arising from the hui has been sent to
MFish for further feedback.
Just as interesting was the political panel discussion that
Jim Anderton and the Greens sent their apologies prior to
the hui. Adam Gifford put the pre-prepared questions to
Phil Heatley (National), Hone Harawira (Maori Party) and
Pita Paraone (NZ First).
Adam is a veteran at interviewing and managed to keep alive
the three politicians’ debate about what they will
do to direct MFish after next year’s election and
how their parties will give effect to the our fisheries
laws, to achieve sustainable fishing.
Phil, Hone and Pita expressed their views and encouraged
the Accord to forward any information to assist them to
ensure non-commercial fishing issues receive adequate attention
Also discussed at the hui was the innovative trawling gear
being trialled off Napier by Richard Burch. A proactive
proposal to increase kahawai numbers was hotly debated,
as was the participation in the North Island West Coast
Fisheries Plan process.
Following the hui a collective submission from the Accord,
option4 and the NZ Big Game Fishing Council was lodged with
MFish supporting their proposals to include freshwater into