recreational forums to reflect the various Fisheries Management Areas, with four operating in the North Island.
Mid north iwi have a specific interest in the Area 1 forum, covering North to East Cape, and the Area 9 forum that encompasses the west coast from Tirua Point (Taranaki) northwards.
These recreational groups are in addition to the existing regional iwi fisheries forums.
Iwi forums will only deal with customary issues, but MFish says Maori are welcome to be part of the recreational forums. However, with limited membership opportunities Maori take their chances alongside other applicants.
In a bold but not necessarily correct statement MFish has identified that only a small portion of engagement between the Ministry and stakeholders is required by legislation, the Treaty of Waitangi or Settlement obligations. The Hokianga Accord disagrees.