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Kaikōura Fishery closure

Media Statement

Kaikōura Fishery closure

“The wellbeing of the Kaikōura fishery is a major concern,” says Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Tā Mark Solomon.

“Ngāi Tahu takes seriously its duty as kaitiaki. The Kaikōura Rūnanga, whānau, industry and the local community have worked together over many years to sustain and protect the region’s coastal environment and its’ fishery – now we must continue to work together more than ever.”

There are cultural, social, environmental and economic considerations to be weighed and as kaitiaki we must also understand what our role is in nature’s plan and adapt and respond in a manner that we believe is best for the fishery.”

Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu believes Minister Guy’s announcement today to put a temporary ban on all harvesting of shellfish and seaweed along a stretch of the Kaikōura coast is an understandable first step given the extent of the massive changes to the coastline environment.

“As a Tangata Tiaki of the region and a Guardian of Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura I personally support the decision and believe a collaborative approach between MPI, iwi, and the range of environmental stakeholders is wise.”

“I acknowledge that this approach is still to gain the full support of the community. It is natural that there will be differences of opinion on how we now best support and protect the fishery. Each species has been affected differently by the earthquakes and will adapt and respond in their own way. It is now our job to work out how we can aide that process.

“I know, however, that Ngāi Tahu across all its communities and diverse range of interests will commit whatever is required to help this situation.”

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