Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Opposition To Fisheries Amendment Bill Continues

PRESS STATEMENT 16 November 2007

Maori Opposition To Fisheries Amendment Bill Continues To Grow

Iwi organisations that represent almost 70 percent of the Maori population throughout the country have now opposed Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton's proposals to amend Section 10 of the Fisheries Act 1993.

Tainui in the Waikato and Ngati Porou on the East Coast of the North Island today added their support to 18 iwi and Maori fishing groups opposing the Fisheries Amendment Bill earlier this week.

Leaders of iwi organisations that represent more than 463,000 iwi affiliated Maori throughout the country have now called on the Government to scrap the Section 10 proposals because they are not necessary and have the potential to put Maori fishing investment at serious risk.

"It's not enough for Mr Anderton to brush Maori aside by saying we have nothing to worry about. We have very real concerns about this amendment to the current law and we are being ignored," said Mr Tukoroirangi Morgan from Tainui. "Iwi have made a huge investment in the fisheries sector and we have all made commitments to the sustainability of this important resource. Our concerns deserve to be heard, not ignored."

The chairman of Ngati Porou, Mr Api Mahuika, said the East Coast iwi had discussed the Fisheries Amendment Bill issues with neighbouring iwi and others involved in the fishing industry and shared their concerns.

"If this Government believes it can brush aside the views of iwi representing almost 70 percent of the iwi affiliated Maori population, then it's not a good sign for democracy. Frankly, we recommend the Minister take note of what we are saying and consult with us before taking this proposal any further," Mr Mahuika said.

On Monday 12 November, 18 iwi and Maori fishing groups publicly made their views known through a major media statement. This viewpoint is quickly gaining more and more support throughout the country, Mr Morgan and Mr Mahuika said.

"It's time to scrap this bill in the face of overwhelming opposition," they said.


© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news