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Chief Executive Takes up New Role

Chief Executive Takes up New Role

Tēnā koe,

Te Ohu Kaimoana Chief Executive Peter Douglas has tendered his resignation to the board to take up a role with Government. He will be leaving in mid-March.

I wish to take this opportunity, on behalf of the board of directors and the staff of Te Ohu Kaimoana, to thank Peter for his leadership over the last 12 years.

As the inaugural Chief Executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana, Peter has served iwi well in his time in the job. He was appointed to the position after an allocation model had been agreed and reported to the Minister of Fisheries but before the passing of the Māori Fisheries Act 2004, which gave legislative effect to that model.

He has worked a process that brought iwi quickly through the Māori Fisheries Act requirements to become MIOs and receive their share of the settlement assets. Under Peter’s leadership, Te Ohu Kaimoana, working with iwi, also gained agreement from the Government to provide up to $200 million of aquaculture assets to meet obligations under the Māori Aquaculture Settlements.

Since 2004, Te Ohu Kaimoana has approved all but two iwi organisations to become MIOs and allocated more than $600 million of fisheries and aquaculture assets to iwi. That is a considerable achievement.

Over the years, he has built and maintained strong and lasting relationships with iwi around the country, industry organisations, government agencies and Ministers and there is no doubt these will serve iwi and Te Ohu Kaimoana well in the future.

Peter will leave Te Ohu Kaimoana as an organisation that has a formidable reputation for protecting Māori fishing rights and one that takes principled and logical approaches in its defence of sustainable fishing to advance the interests of iwi.

The board and staff of Te Ohu Kaimoana wish Peter all the best for the future. We have advertised for a new Chief Executive. Details can be found here.


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