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

 

Fishery Officers Pressured On Treaty Issues

Tuesday 7 December 2003
MEDIA RELEASE

Fishery Officers Pressured On Treaty Issues

''Because of the Scampi Inquiry, the Government has not employed promised Treaty Relationship Facilitators in various fishery regions,'' said Nadine Marshall, Secretary of the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) who represent Fishery Officers. “This has become more important due to the heightened conflict between Maori and the Government due to the Government’s approach to the property rights issue round the foreshore and seabed.”

“The Ministry of Fisheries was unable to implement its Treaty Strategy due to the Scampi Inquiry. For example, ten Treaty Relationship Facilitators were to be appointed in Regions such as the East Coast where they would have reduced the pressure on Fishery Officers,” said Nadine Marshall. “This did not occur.”

“Fishery Officers are the visible face of the Government to Maori and this foreshore and seabed conflict has only heightened already existing tensions about property rights over fish stocks given quotas under the Quota Management System,” said Nadine Marshall. “Without the Treaty Facilitators in place, Fishery Officers face deeply conflicting roles of ‘educating’ about the Government’s position on customary fishing and ‘enforcing’ compliance with the law.”

“Fishery Officers already have a big enough job with dealing with their extra responsibilities under the 2001 Fisheries Act,” said Nadine Marshall. “Our Union has asked Pete Hodgson for an increase in pay of the order of what the MPs recently received – around 20%. Fishery Officers currently earn between $35,000 and $49,000. These extra pressures and the complexity of their role only enhance the need for the Government to action this increase quickly.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Fair Pay Agreements Should Be Embraced

Are Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) truly the work of the devil? Given the vehement response to them last week by (a) employer groups and (b) by their parliamentary friends on the extreme right, you could be forgiven for thinking these FPA things will mean curtains for commerce as we’ve known it for the past 30 years. Believe me, they won’t. Less excitable types will regard FPAs as heralding only a mild shift towards a more centralised form of bargaining over wages and conditions, much akin to what other successful economies (eg Germany) have recognised for decades... More>>

 

Government: Further Action Against Gang Crime

The Government will make it illegal for high risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organised crime to help keep New Zealanders and their ... More>>

ALSO:

Maori Party: Whakatōhea High Court Decision

“We applaud the Whakatōhea High Court case that has now set a precedent for Māori rights and interest in their foreshore and seabed. It’s an outstanding decision because the Court recognises all reclaimed lands with significant and boating traffic” ... More>>

ALSO:

Judith Collins: Speech To Lower North Island Regional Conference

Good morning, delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking to you all here today as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge National Party President Peter Goodfellow, my fellow board members, my lower North Island colleagues and all of ... More>>

PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>

ALSO:

PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels