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Time to move forward on allocation of fisheries

Time to move forward on allocation of fisheries assets

The report commissioned by the Treaty Tribes Coalition strongly points to the need for the Government to bring legislation to Parliament, says Opposition Fisheries spokesman Hon Doug Kidd.

"National is keen to see this matter resolved and wants to work with the Government to develop legislation we can support in Parliament.

"Anyone involved from the beginning, like myself**, knows that it was always going to take time for Maori to work through the allocation of the fisheries assets. It is clear that the issues cannot be resolved in the Courts.

"The settlement legislation required the Fisheries Commission to come back to Parliament with an allocation model. Clearly that is not going to happen so Parliament must engage itself with the issues.

"There will be significant opportunities for Maori in resolving the fisheries allocation and for regional development and in closing the gaps. The time has come to move forward and realise those opportunities," Mr Kidd said.

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** Hon Doug Kidd, in his then roles of Minister of Maori Affairs and Fisheries, jointly with Rt Hon Sir Douglas Graham, negotiated the fisheries settlement on behalf of the Crown under the guidance of then Prime Minister Rt Hon Jim Bolger

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