Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Bungled fisheries plan pits Maori against Maori

Phil Heatley MP
National Party Fisheries Spokesman

04 April 2006

Bungled fisheries plan pits Maori against Maori

National Party Fisheries spokesman Phil Heatley says the looming row between Maori and Maori-owned Sealord is further evidence of the need for an inquiry into Labour’s flawed aquaculture reforms.

"Now an interim Environment Court ruling has thrown more confusion on the issue and angered iwi at the top of the South Island.”

SMW Consortium Ltd is partly-owned by Sealord and its application for marine farming space is now being challenged by local iwi.

“This plan is pitting Maori against Maori,” says Mr Heatley.

Under aquaculture reforms introduced by legislation in 2004, taxpayers are required to make a cash payment to Maori if the Fisheries Ministry cannot find water space equivalent to around 240 marine farms to gift to Maori by 2014.

Mr Heatley says the compensation payment could be in excess of $250 million.

“The Government of the day will have to front up with a big cheque unless 20% of existing aquaculture space, and 20% of new space, is found for Maori.

“Not one single Aquaculture Management Area (AMA) has been set up anywhere along New Zealand’s coastline since the bureaucratic reforms were passed in Parliament.

“Dover Samuels has voiced his concerns about the nature of this legislation but changed his tune to vote down my efforts to gain a Primary Production Select Committee inquiry.

“I agree with him that this legislation is unworkable and I’d ask Mr Samuels if he might reconsider his position - yet again,” says Mr Heatley.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news