welcome to hui
There is also
a clear understanding that iwi can invite whoever they want
to future Hokianga Accord hui. Since its formation in 2005,
the forum has welcomed non-Maori participation in the ten
hui held so far. Manuhiri (guests) such as the NZ Big Game
Fishing Council and option4 have been most helpful and provided
valuable information in an effort to achieve the collective
goal of “more fish in the water/ kia maha atu nga
ika i roto i te wai.”
It is through these hui that we have come to realise the
legal obligations of the Minister of Fisheries to provide
for the input and participation of tangata whenua into fisheries
management processes, and that the Minister has to have
particular regard to kaitiakitanga (guardianship) when making
decisions. While we are yet to see any tangible outcomes
from having these statutory requirements fulfilled, this
renewed support for the Accord’s work is a step in
the right direction.
Grappling with bureaucracy has never been easy so the opportunity
to work together to achieve good outcomes for local, coastal
communities, achieve understanding of each group’s
needs while improving the sustainability of our kaimoana
has to be worthwhile.
Next hui in April
Planning is underway
for the next Accord hui being held in Whananaki, on the
3rd and 4th of April. One confirmed agenda item is an update
on the Kahawai Legal Challenge appeal court case, due to
be heard in late February. While a decision is not expected
before the April hui it will be an opportunity to hear from
people who attended the Wellington hearing.
The Accord will also be seeking answers to the ten questions
sent to MFish after last November’s hui at Waipapa.
One major issue, as discussed in the previous update, asked
where the $17 million Deed of Settlement money set aside
for Maori’s involvement in fisheries management has
If you have not been to a Hokianga Accord hui please feel
welcome to attend and participate. For more information
contact Shelley Naera at firstname.lastname@example.org,
call her on 09 4010084 or visit www.HokiangaAccord.co.nz.