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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Antons defends fish judgment

The fishing industry is kicking back at the Fisheries Minister's attacks on its activities.

Jim Anderton wants more power to cut quotas if he feels the sustainability of a fishstock is under threat ... and he wants the support of fishing companies, both Maori and Pakeha, for the move.

He says a recent judgment stopping him cutting the Orange Roughy one quota has paralysed the quota management system, because it raises the bar for the amount of scientific evidence needed to justify changes to catch levels.

But Milan Barbarich from Antons Fisheries, which took the case, says the Court of Appeal found there was no evidence orange roughy in area one was under immediate threat.

He says Mr Anderton is misinterpreting the judgment - and the intentions of the industry.

“I believe that Mr Anderton’s lost the confidence of the industry. He just seems to be on a path of direct challenge. I don’t know why. Everybody in the industry, all the stakeholders in the industry, all the people that have been around for many years are all interested in sustainable utilization and ensuring we don't damage the resource,” Mr Barbarich says.

He says Mr Anderton has refused invitations to meet and discuss the issues.

STRONG LIAISON COMMITTEE FOR WHANGAREI

Whangarei Maori now have a stronger voice on their council.

Deputy mayor Kahu Sutherland says the new liaison committee he chairs has attracted some high profile and experienced Maori who have good relations with government agencies and the community.

He says there's lots of work to do.

“We wrote up a list and the list is a mile long of some of the ideas that we as a committee felt that we need to address. We’re prioritizing that. Certainly discussion needs to take place on things like waahi tapu, on sites of significance, on decision-making and how it actually affects Maoridom,” Mr Sutherland says.

GREENSILL CONFIDENT SEAT THERE FOR THE TAKING

A boundary change has given the Maori Party's Hauraki Waikato candidate confidence she can take the seat.

Angeline Greensill lost to Labour's Nanaia Mahuta by 1800 votes last election in what was then the Tainui electorate.

She says the inclusion of part of Manurewa boosts her chances this time round.

“We won the Papakura area last time, and that and Hamiltonhold the key for me. And I’m from Hamilton, I teach in the geography department of the local university, Maori geography. I’ve got a good profile down there, lot of work to be done. I think this time, we take the seat,” Ms Greensill says.

AUCKLAND AIMING FOR ROLL TO MATCH CITY DEMOGRAPHIC

Auckland University is aiming to have the highest ration of Maori and Pacific students of any university in the country.

Raewyn Dalziel, the academic deputy vice chancellor, says an Undergraduate Admissions and Equity Taskforce has recommended enrolments match the demographics of the region.

Maori now make up 7 percent of the student population, and Pacific students are 9 percent.

“We want to achieve a diverse student body and we want to achieve more Maori and Pacific student admissions so we will be having special admission schemes and we will be looking at students from lower socioeconomic groups to try and bring those into the university. They are currently underrepresented. We want to increase that representation,” Professor Dalziel says.

The university is looking at the barriers Maori students face and working with secondary schools and adult students.

OPOTIKI EYES UP CHINA FREE TRADE FUTURE

Opotiki District Council has some big plans for the small town after a trade trip to China.

Representative of the council joined the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board in looking at aquaculture technology in Yantai City near Beijing which may be used for the board's proposed 3800 hectare mussel farm.

The council is upgrading Opotiki's harbour so it can service the farm in all weathers.

Chief executive Vaughan Payne says it's an example of how local government can work alongside iwi.

“We are there to facilitate community visions being realized and in a small place you have strong relationships with Maori, particularly when they make up a majority of our population. We can’t be successful unless we all work together, and that’s what it's all about,” Mr Payne says .

He says the mussel farm could bring 900 jobs into the Eastern Bay of Plenty town.

LEANNE BAKER STILL PLAYS INSPIRING TENNIS TEN YEARS ON

Maori tennis player Leanne Baker is still inspiring other players, 10 years after turning professional.

The Te Awamutu based player won a $10,000 ITF tournament in Mexico over the weekend.

The organiser of the annual Maori sports awards, Dick Garrett, says Baker played the three-set final with a broken toe, and she made it to the tournament without the financial support available to most of her opponents.

He says the win is a reminder of the impact Baker and former doubles partner Rewa Hudson made when they burst onto the scene as juniors.

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