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Monday, May 21, 2007

Minister takes precautionary approach

Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton ventures into the shark cage today, delivering the opening address to the Seafood Industry Council's annual conference.

Since taking over the portfolio Mr Anderton has clashed with Maori and industry over his proposed shared fisheries regime, which would take quota off commercial fishers to make more available for the recreational catch.

He is in a new fight over an amendment to the Fisheries Act which will require him to take precautionary approach to sustainability, something Maori believe will lead to more quota cuts and a reduction in the value of the Maori fisheries settlements.

Seafood Industry Council chief executive Owen Symmans says while the minister can expect a fair hearing, the industry will make clear its view the amendment is unnecessary.

“We know that the current legislation meets all our international obligations,. It’s consistent with international law, and the case law in New Zealand has actually supported the view that sustainable utilisation is quite clear and explicit in the current legislation,” Mr Symmans says.


A Maori politician who helped breathe life back into the Maori wardens movement in the Wairarapa says army courses should be available to younger people.

Edwin Perry says many of the rangatahi he sees as a warden get into trouble because they have no focus and too much time on their hands.

He says rather than see young people heading down a criminal track, he'd like to see them in scheme like the army's limited service volunteers.

“When I was a list MP in the Wairarapa I sent two kids away, two kids no different to the ones I see on the streets today. The problem with the LSV course, it only takes kids at age 18. Kids are getting into trouble at 15, 16, 17. It needs to be lowered,” Mr Perry says.


A Maori magazine is changing direction to accommodate the country's changing population mix.

Editor Ata Te Kanawa says after nine years covering just te ao Maori, Tu Mai will now include more Asian and Pacific content in each edition.

She says it's a commercial decision, based on predictions about population trends.

Ms Te Kanawa says it won't be at the expense of Maori readers.

“We don't think we’re going to risk losing our Maori support, because it’s a reality. We’re all got Polynesian mokopuna, Chinese neighbours, the society is becoming more mixed than it ever has been before, and the reality is Maori do only make up 15 percent of the population,” Ms Te Kanawa says.


Representatives from Te Ohu Kaimona Maori fisheries settlement trust are off to Alaska to push for indigenous whaling rights at this week's International Whaling Commission meeting.

Trustee Ngahiwi Tomoana from Ngati Kahungunu says while the New Zealand Government opposes all whaling including indigenous whaling, Maori support the traditional rights of Inuit, Faroe Islanders and other groups to harvest marine mammals.

Mr Tomoana says it's unfinished business from the Maori fishing rights settlement.

“Any whale that lands here, we want the whole whale. And under the Marine Mammals Act, it has to be buried within 12 hours, and we miss out on all that taonga, that koha from Tangaroa, so we’ll be really strident in putting our view that any whale that lands should be used by us totally,” he says.

Mr Tomoana says Te Ohu Kaimoana doesn't support Japan's plans to resume commercial whaling.

Japan has told the indigenous whalers it will oppose their claims unless they support Japanese commercial hunts.


Maori politician turned broadcaster John Tamihere wants to see more hotels on Maori land.

Mr Tamihere says this week's TRENZ tourism industry showcase in Rotorua serves as a reminder of the huge potential for Maori in the sector.

He says international tourists are increasingly looking for a uniquely Maori experience, but Maori operators should be careful who they target.

“Where we've got to position ourselves is at the higher spend area of the market. I think that’s doable. I think there’s a lot of superb Maori freehold land still available only on lease, not for sale, for long term leases to develop hotels and get into that sort of business. I think it’s a good business to be in,” Mr Tamihere says.


The author of a new book on biculturalism says it has proved a dead end for Maori development.

Dominic O'Sullivan says biculturalism allowed the government to remain firmly in control and positioned Maori in a junior position.

The Waikato University research fellow says as settlements giving Maori a more secure financial base, they see opportunities in partnerships beyond the state, and therefore beyond biculturalism.

Dr O'Sullivan says despite the amount biculturalism was talked about in social policy circles, few people seem to understand what it is or how it affect Maori.

“I saw a lot of people, Pakeha people in particular, walking around wearing bone carvings and saying kia ora, thinking that was a path to a better, more just society. And while there’s nothing wrong with those things in themselves, Maori aspirations I think are a bit deeper than that and the resolution to the injustices we are confronting now go much deeper than that,” he says.

Beyond Biculturalism, The Politics of Indigenous Minority, is published by Huia.


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