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Distribution of Fisheries Must Finally Begin

Distribution of Fisheries Assets Must Finally Begin


ACT Maori Affairs spokesman Donna Awatere Huata today urged the Minister of Maori Affairs to accept today's Privy Council decision and move to distribute fisheries assets to iwi.

The Privy Council has dismissed an appeal by the Manukau Urban Maori Authority which argued urban Maori should be considered iwi when allocating fisheries assets.

"It is time to stop the court cases and bitter fighting. Only the lawyers are winning from this battle. Pre-settlement fishing assets must be distributed now.

"The assumption that iwi will not support urban Maori is wrong. This is an opportunity for iwi to demonstrate their commitment to Maori in urban areas.

"With this money comes responsibility," Donna Awatere Huata said.

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