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

 

Ministry of Fisheries Happy with Scampi Finding

Media Release 20 December 2006

Ministry of Fisheries Satisfied with Scampi Finding

The Ministry of Fisheries is satisfied with the judgment on an action taken by Scampi fishers and delivered by the High Court yesterday.

The action, which relates to events that took place in the early 1990s, by Scampi fishers Trevor Goodship/ Pranfield Holdings Ltd and United Fisheries, involved claims that the then Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries had acted to exclude them from the Scampi fishery. The plaintiffs claimed that a breach of statutory duty, negligence and misfeasance in public office had taken place.

The Court found in favour of MAF’s prior decisions on scampi and no damages were awarded to United. However the Court found that a declaration by the Court of Appeal in an earlier phase of the litigation was binding and must be given effect to. Therefore a remedy in damages was awarded to Goodship/Pranfield Holdings Limited of $2.9 million. In both cases, the claims of misfeasance were found to be unsubstantiated.

“The fact that no evidence of misfeasance was found by the judge is an excellent outcome for the Ministry,” says John Glaister, Chief Executive.

“We contended in this case and in two previous inquiries into the Scampi fishery that the behaviour of public officials had been above reproach and as in those inquiries, the integrity of our staff was once again confirmed.

“Justice McKenzie himself notes that the changes in New Zealand’s system of management for commercial fisheries were among the most far-reaching of the reforms which transformed the New Zealand economy and the approach to economic management from the mid 1980s.

“We have previously acknowledged that there were some inconsistencies in the administration of permitting during that time, but these have to be seen as minor in the context of the enormous benefits to our fishery that these changes introduced. The then Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries created the basis for the sustainable fishery which we enjoy today.

“Since that time these administrative inconsistencies have been systematically addressed and removed. The Quota Management System works well and these cases related to it largely date back to the early formative period when it was being introduced.

“What is important to us is that every suggestion of negligence, dishonesty or corruption on the part of officials of that Ministry has failed due to a complete lack of evidence. The public can have confidence now as they could then in the integrity of their officials,” says Dr Glaister.

The particular points of concern about process have been assessed by the court which has awarded very modest damages compared with the level of the claims.

The parties have until early February to decide whether to appeal the decision.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Emissions Reduction Plan Non-Event


Clearly, the attempt to take the politics out of climate change has itself been a political decision, and one meant to remove much of the heat from the global warming issue before next year’s election. What we got from yesterday’s $2.9 billion Emissions Reduction Plan was a largely aspirational multi-party commitment to the direction of policy on climate change...
More>>



 
 

Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>

ALSO:


Budget: Updated My Vaccine Pass For Those Who Want It

New Zealanders who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be able to download an updated My Vaccine Pass from 24 May, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Speaker: 2022 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented
The 2022 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented in the House today. It contains a summary of members’ interests as at 31 January 2022... More>>



Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>


Inland Revenue: Commissioner Appointed
Deputy Public Service Commissioner Helene Quilter QSO has today announced the appointment of Peter Mersi to the position of Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue Department... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels