Hokianga Accord – Mid north iwi fisheries forum

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“Kia maha atu nga ika ki roto i te wai”
“More fish in the water”

In 2005 the Minister of Fisheries decided to establish regional iwi fisheries forums all around the motu [country]. Two forums were established in the north. Te Hiku O Te Ika covers Muriwhenua, the far north down to the Hokianga Harbour. The Hokianga Accord includes mid north iwi including Ngapuhi and Ngati Whatua, various hapu and whanau groups.

These forums were established to assist the Minister of Fisheries, in part, to fulfil the Crowns ongoing statutory obligation to provide for the input and participation of tangata whenua having a non-commercial interest in fisheries, an interest in the effects of fishing on the aquatic environment while having particular regard to kaitiakitanga [guardianship, of the people and resource].

These legal obligations relate to Maori’s non-commercial fishing interests, as per the Fisheries Act 1996 (s12(1)(b)) and the Treaty of Waitangi (Fisheries Claims) Settlement Act 1992.

Hokianga Accord hui

In May 2011 the Hokianga Accord will hold its 15th overnight, public hui to discuss fisheries-related matters that concern both Maori and non-Maori people, customary and recreational fishers, environmental and legal interests and scientists.

These hui are supported by the Accords Working Group, who meet and communicate on a regular basis to ensure the Minister is meeting his obligations.

After six years of hui, listening to each others views and writing submissions together both Maori and non-Maori are committed to working through the Hokianga Accord to achieve the common goal of “more fish in the water/kia maha atu nga ika ki roto i te wai”.

For more information, please check out the website here: http://www.option4.co.nz/Fish_Forums/hokianga.htm

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