Hokianga Accord’s ten hui we have sought answers to
the dilemma facing coastal communities and their desire
to have a more hands-on role in managing local resources.
It is pleasing to note the mid north iwi fisheries forum
is making progress. The report from the latest hui held
at Waipapa is now online at http://option4.co.nz/Fish_Forums/hokianga.htm#reports.
A major impediment has been the lack of public awareness
of the potential of customary area management tools and
the benefits their implementation can have for the wider
This is an unfortunate outcome of MFish’ failure to
educate the public on alternatives to highly controversial
marine reserves. Reserves legalise confiscation of areas
from the public, forever.
Mataitai, taiapure and rahui have become tools of contention
rather than productive, local area management tools.
An exception seems to be in the South Island where Ngai
Tahu have sufficient resources to adequately consult with
locals and achieve agreeable outcomes. In the north it is
not so straightforward. Aside from education, major issues
such as population pressure, competition for resources and
access all affect people’s response to any local management
Next Accord hui
will be a major talking point at the next Hokianga Accord
hui. If you have a contribution to make or simply want to
hear more about customary area management tools please feel
welcome to attend and participate. Dates of the next hui
are April 3rd and 4th, venue to be confirmed. Keep an eye
on www.HokiangaAccord.co.nz for marae details.
Alternatively contact Shelley Naera at email@example.com
or call her on 09 4010084 for more information.