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


Response to Fisheries announcement

Media Release 08 September 2014

Ngātiwai want answers on government plans for recreational fishing parks

Ngātiwai Trust Board chairman Haydn Edmonds says the government must answer questions on its proposal to create a recreational fishing park in the Hauraki Gulf if it is re-elected.

The Government yesterday announced its plans for the park which would cover the inner gulf and Omaha Bay and exclude all commercial activity.

“The National party’s plan for a one-off compensation package for commercial fishers up to $20 million is an inadequate brush-off for a pan-Maori fisheries settlement that is supposed to be full and final; and there is no mention of the fate of customary fishing in the area,” Mr. Edmonds says.

“And, what about those who earn their livelihood through commercial fishing in the Hauraki Gulf? These plans, if they go ahead, will significantly affect Ngātiwai customary fishing rights as they relate to both the commercial and non-commercial components of the 1992 Fisheries Settlement.

“We need to get some clear answers on when the Article III right of citizens under the Treaty of Waitangi took precedence over Article II rights that promised Maori the full, ‘exclusive and undisturbed posession of our fisheries’.

“That Treaty promise was never honoured, and after many years of arguing and trips to the Privy Council in London it was finally resolved in the 1992 Fisheries settlement. That settlement now looks set to be unravelled with this proposal to claw back hard won rights awarded to Iwi/Maori in compensation for the original thieft of our customary rights.

“This National government’s proposal will set a dangerous precedent and send a clear message to all those with property rights, including home owners, that National is happy to unilaterally extinguish your ownership rights for a few extra votes from Auckland recreational fishermen.

“As far as I am aware there has been no discussions with Iwi about such plans so yesterday’s announcement has come as a complete shock to us. It is dishonourable to the Treaty partner and speaks volumes about the direction that National is moving in.”

He adds that Ngātiwai are far from content with the ad hoc regulatory regimes applied in its territory on the whim of subsequent governments.

“The Ngātiwai Trust Board is not satisfied with the implementation of the customary non-commercial fishing regulations within our rohe which have lingered in disputes for many years while a number of Marine Reserve proposals have progressed and threatens to extinguish our access rights to traditional fishing grounds,” Mr. Edmonds says.

“Nor are we happy with the Government of the day constantly meddling with the customary commercial component through populist election promises that threaten to unravel the supposed Full and Final 1992 Fisheries Settlement.

“Ngatiwai Trust Board is poised, awaiting Crown recognition of a Deed of Mandate which will give the Ngatiwai Trust Board the ability to enter into negotiations with the Crown to discuss these and broader Treaty matters that we consider need fixing up.

“Commercial and customary fishing is the Ngātiwai lifeblood and not to have this properly discussed with us doesn’t stack up,” Mr. Edmonds says.

“At the minimum we would expect to be properly consulted, and these plans discussed with us, other affected Iwi and commercial fishing operations.

“We have a number of questions over this proposal and we would want answers on if it progresses.”

If re-elected the government says it will put up a discussion paper in November.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether This Election Is Already A Foregone Conclusion

Currently, this election looks like being a no contest. The weekend’s Newshub poll has the centre left enjoying a roughly 57-36% lead over the centre right. Labour is on 50.1% and the Greens 6.5%, while National remains in the dreaded 20s at 29.6% and the Act Party is on 6.3%. Conditions continue to look terminal for New Zealand First. Despite being a stubborn brake on government tax policy and winning a few policy gains of its own, NZF is registering only a 1.9% level of support... More>>


Serious Fraud Office: Files Charges In Relation To NZ First Foundation Donations

The SFO has filed a charge of ‘Obtaining by Deception’ against two defendants in the New Zealand First Foundation electoral funding case. The charges were filed on 23 September. The defendants have interim name suppression and so cannot be named ... More>>


Economy: Business Leaders’ Confidence Tanks As Top Kiwi CEOs Vent Their Frustrations

The New Zealand Herald’s Mood of the Boardroom 2020 Election Survey has been released with top business leaders saying New Zealand’s Covid-19 recovery is in peril – and they want a decisive role with Government in the country’s future. The annual ... More>>


Poll: Newshub-Reid Research Poll Shows National Rising But Labour Still Governing Alone

With less than three weeks to go, Labour remains in a position where it could govern alone in the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll* on 50.1% - down 10.8 percentage points. National has risen slightly to 29.6% (up 4.5 percentage points), but even with the ... More>>


Winston Peters Speech: The Gathering Storm Clouds: Ihumatao

Frequently around New Zealand you hear people say that politicians are all the same. It’s a convenient way to dismiss any careful investigation of the truth of that statement. New Zealand First since its inception has been committed to ‘one law ... More>>


Government: Taking Action To Reduce Waste And Plastics

Phase out single use and hard to recycle plastics by 2025 Create a $50m Plastics Innovation Fund to develop alternatives Standardise kerbside recycling The Labour Party is taking the next step in removing plastic rubbish from our oceans and environment ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>


Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels