whenua invite recreational fishers to join Customary Forum
This article was originally
published in the New Zealand Fishing News October 2005 edition.
The second hui at Whakamaharatanga
Marae saw representatives from Ngapuhi, Ngati Wai, Ngati Whatua,
NZRFC, NZBGFC, option4 and the Ministry of Fisheries meet to discuss
the establishment of a Regional Customary Forum. The first hui in
July was well reported by Steve Radich in last month's Fishing News
(Page 20). There is no doubt, the desire to work together to advocate
non-commercial fishing interests burns brightly. The goodwill and
commitment to get stuck in together to advocate non-commercial fishing
interests is infectious and stimulating.
Day one was spent developing
further understanding of the Crown obligations to "provide for the
input and participation of tangata whenua having a non-commercial
interest in fish stocks or areas" – (Section 12(1) (b) of
the 1996 Fisheries Act). The Minister, David Benson-Pope has written
to Sonny Tau (Ngapuhi Runanga Trust Chairman) advising him of full
support for this union of non-commercial fishing interests. The
Ministry staff present at the hui were extremely helpful and professional.
The Terms of Reference and Memorandum of Understanding necessary
to fulfill Crown obligations are well under way. The scope of input
and participation is yet to be determined, however rest assured
that all present are focused on "more fish in the water" as well
as Customary management and regulations. The clear understanding
that the large majority of kai moana harvested by Maori is categorised
as recreational fishing has certainly helped to broaden the role
of these Regional Forums.
It was also determined that
we need to write a Memorandum of Understanding between the tangata
whenua and recreational fishing representatives. The Work Program
and Diary for fisheries management input and participation are also
All attending the hui's to date are
agreed that transparency and timely reporting to the general public
is essential. A comprehensive record of the evolution of this forum
may be found on the www.option4.co.nz website
– front page, middle. The name "Hokianga
Accord" has been chosen to describe this forum.
The next hui for this Forum
will be held at the end of October. Please, if you would like to
attend simply call 0274 506065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
and your details will be included in the circulation list.
We encourage you to make the effort. Every hui to date has been
a most rewarding experience for those present. Not much sleep, heaps
of work achieved, very efficient use of time all round and a solid
insight into the power of the marae and the hui approach to dealing
with important issues – a real eye opener. A special thank
you to Guff and May Rahiri and their whanau for their generous and
faultless hospitality. The kai was plentiful and delicious. Creamed
paua on toast followed by flounder for breakfast certainly sets
one up for a productive days work. It does not get better than this.
on Snapper 8, Flounder, Mullet, Kahawai and Kingfish.
To those of you who came
through with suggestions and contributions to these submissions
– well done and thank you. Be assured that your input is carefully
considered and incorporated wherever possible. The process option4
strive to deliver for compiling submissions to fisheries management
processes is as inclusive as possible. Time is more often than not
our problem. In one situation after another we are denied reasonable
time to outline issues to you, the fishing public, and then incorporate
input. This has to change.
With the Ministry signaling
a comprehensive overhaul of how fisheries are to be managed with
the introduction of Fisheries Plans we would hope that much more
time is to be allowed for us to consult each other in a timely manner
and deliver some solid collective wisdom to the negotiating table.
We had expected the Minister
to have made his decisions on these very important inshore fisheries
by now. The recently released Labour Party policy on recreational
fishing to have fisheries important to the non-commercial sector
managed at or significantly above Bmsy bodes well for these decisions.
It will be interesting to see how the decisions reconcile with the
Barrier Marine Reserve application.
Predictably the Department
of Confiscation has trampled the peoples input to their shoddy process
and given their Minister a recommendation to approve the Application.
It is incredible that a Crown agency could behave so disrespectfully.
They know they are playing with fire. They know they have no support
from tangata whenua. They know they have a very, very angry boating
fraternity and yet they carry on and to hell with the consequences
– organisational credibility incinerated with little or no
regard for the future. The Minister of Conservation, Chris Carter
has given his approval. This effectively removes him from the equation
of this reserve.
Now the process rests (briefly)
with the Ministry of Fisheries. They have assured us they will not
be commencing their concurrence decision making process before the
election. By the time you read this however, the election will be
over and MFish may well be underway. We are writing asking
for an outline of their process and time table. We will feature
that next month. At the first Whakamaharatanga marae hui Stan Crothers,
the Deputy CEO for MFish, assured tangata whenua that there will
be a hui held at Great Barrier to discuss concerns about this reserve
application. This will be an excellent opportunity to hear first
hand how tangata whenua feel about this contemporary confiscation,
as well as being a beaut opportunity for the public to demonstrate
some solidarity and support for the people of Aotea who are being
so abused with this heavy handed DoC attitude and behaviour. Think
about making the effort to be there. If you would like to be advised
about when and where please call 0274 506065 or email email@example.com
to be kept informed of developments.
Dr Floor Anthoni continues
to astound us with his insight and depth of observation and deduction.
His most recent work, the "Dark Decay Assay" is now online at http://www.seafriends.org.nz/dda/index.htm
This is groundbreaking material.
Very complex but definitely worth study time. The entire site is
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