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Nominations Called For Fisheries Commissioners

Hon Dover Samuels
MP for Te Tai Tokerau
Minister of Maori Affairs
Associate Minister of Fisheries
Associate Minister of Tourism

Media Statement
Thursday 17 February 2000

The Minister of Maori Affairs Hon Dover Samuels has called for nominations to the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission - Te Ohu Kai Moana.

"In December last year I said I was committed to giving the matter of appointments to the Commission urgent consideration and I'm keen to get the process underway."

The Commissioners were last appointed in 1993. The re-appointments process started by the previous Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon Tau Henare, was deferred by Cabinet last year.

Prior to that, an appointments process in 1996, also initiated by Hon Tau Henare, was disrupted by litigation.

Mr Samuels said the process to appoint Commissioners was defined by stature, and that he would strictly adhere to these requirements.

Mr Samuels said as well as calling for nominations, he was also seeking views and submissions on the appropriate selection criteria for appointments.

In the past the selection criteria have included:

 fluency in Te Reo Maori and an understanding of Maori aspirations;
 an understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and its application in modern society;
 business experience, preferably in the fishing industry;
 financial management skills commensurate with the management of a complex financial enterprise;
 effective communication skills
 representation of regional fishing interests.

Mr Samuels said these points are still valid criteria for the Commissioners. The Minister said he'll be considering nominations which were made during consultation in 1996 and 1999.

He said people need not repeat nominations if they had already made them in previous rounds.

Mr Samuels has directed all nominations and submissions be sent to the Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri, the Ministry of Maori Development. Nominations and submissions close on 31 March 2000.

In making nominations Mr Samuels said it was important to include a curriculum vitae and relevant testimonials.


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