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

 


Foreign Charter Vessel Bill threatens value of Fisheries


Foreign Charter Vessel Bill threatens value of Maori Fisheries


The discussion around the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Bill is one of the most important facing iwi this year, Te Ohu Kaimoana Chief Executive Peter Douglas said at the hui-a-tau (annual general meeting) in Wellington today.

Te Ohu Kaimoana has urged iwi to make submissions to Parliament’s Primary Production Select Committee that will be considering the Bill.

“We’re dismayed at the proposals in the Bill.” Mr Douglas said. “As a result of media-driven hysteria, the Government has gone beyond even what the inquiry panel recommended by prohibiting FCVs in the New Zealand fishery from May 2016.”

Te Ohu Kaimoana assessed the effect of these decisions and believes there could be a loss of up to $10 million per year in iwi income, although the true outcome will depend on how the Government’s decisions are legislated and implemented.

Mr Douglas was especially critical of the role of the media in the public discussion over FCVs, notably that certain assumptions were placed on iwi that they are responsible for the alleged working conditions on board some vessels. Iwi were wrongly treated as protagonists in the debate.

“Too many newspaper articles, radio and TV bulletins pitch iwi as the culprits of FCV use when over 80 percent of New Zealand fish caught by foreign vessels is from non-Māori companies. It’s unfortunate that in spite of our attempts to correct it, organisations continue to use false information even when given the true facts,” Mr Douglas said.

FCVs are used to fish high-volume low-value quota that, without FCVs, might otherwise not get fished because New Zealand companies do not have vessel capacity to do so. The reality is that a maximum of 17 percent of the total fish that is caught by FCVs can be from Maori Settlement Quota. In reality, it is much less.

“While we have engaged with government, including officials about this, we are dismayed to find that the legislative proposals go well beyond charter vessels or foreign vessels reflagged under the New Zealand flag but include all domestic vessels – both deepwater and inshore.”

“Te Ohu Kaimoana is not aware of any demonstrated problems with these fishers that can justify the draconian powers of being able to suspend, cancel or refuse a vessel registration with no powers of review that would stand the normal tests of natural justice,” Mr Douglas said.

(ends)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Legal Fudging Of The GCSB Revelations

As many have noted, the Hager/Snowden revelations of the spying by our security agencies on our Pacific neighbours and allies is a virtual re-run of the pre-election debate.

Unfortunately, it is also a forerunner of the kind of “ debate” we can expect during the upcoming review of the security agency powers, in June. It is a situation where the government (a) stonewalls, (b) baldly asserts that mass surveillance is not occurring despite the Snowden evidence that it is, and (c) claims that the GCSB actions were lawful.

Yet as Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman says, this can be true only if the legislation passed last year by the Key government has made the mass surveillance of New Zealanders – and the related handing over of their private data to the NSA – lawful. More>>

Latest:

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Women's Day, March 8: It’s Time For Men To Step Up For Gender Equality

UN Women is launching the HeForShe campaign in New Zealand at the International Women's Day Parliamentary Breakfast, and is calling on New Zealand men — including politicians and community and sports leaders — to show their commitment to gender equality by signing up to this global campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system... More>>

ALSO:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news