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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Help for environmental certificates

The Minister of Fisheries has promised the fishing industry help to prove its environmental sustainabilty.

Jim Anderton told the New Zealand Seafood Industry conference in Wellington that he has approved the criteria for a contestible fund of up to a million dollars a year to part-fund the costs of independent environmental certification.

He says Sanford, Argos and New Zealand Longline have already announced their intention to get Marine Stewardship Council certification of the Ross Sea Antarctic toothfish fishery.

He says environmental certification will be increasingly important to consumers in the years ahead, and New Zealand companies need to be on the right side of the line.

Mr Anderton took a more moderate tone to the conference than to a Maori fisheries event last month, where he chided the audience for not backing his attempts to get more powers to cut catch limits when he feared for the sustanability of a fish stock.

GAY PRIEST ACTION DIVISIVE

A senior priest in the Anglican Maori Church is condemning a proposal which could result in gay bishops being defrocked.

Archdeacon Hone Kaa, a supporter of gay ordination, says the covenant will centralise authority within the church.

He says it was sparked by the ordination of a gay bishop in the United States, and the agenda is to bring congregations into line so that would not occur again.

Dr Kaa says in the interim, there seems to be an unwritten agreement not to ordain homosexuals or takataapui.

Hone Kaa says the covenant will take away the hard-won sovereignty of Maori congregations within the Church.

TARAWERA TRACK IDEAL FOR GUIDING BUSINESS

The head of the Rotorua Lakes Trust hopes a new walking track around Lake Tarawera will speak a revival in Maori guiding.

The proposed 42 kilometre track is mostly on Crown-owned land, but about 8 kilometres runs over land owned by Maori trusts.

It's a joint venture between the Department of Conservation, Tuhourangi and the Ministry of Maori Development.

Toby Curtis says the hapu has a long history of hosting tourists.

He says there could be opportunities to create businesses around accomodating walkers and telling Tuhourangi's stories.

WAITANGI CLAIM ANNOYS PARAONE

Pita Paraone is surprised the Waitangi Tribunal has allocated a claim number to David Rankin from Te Matarahurahu.

Mr Rankin is seeking the return of the Treaty grounds. He alleges the purchase of the land by James Busby from Hone Heke and Tuhirangi Pokaia was never assessed by the Crown, though it promised to review all land transactions before the 1840 Treaty.

Mr Paraone who is a board member of the Waitangi National Trust says the legislation which established the Tribunal makes it clear that they can only order the return of Crown-owned land... and the Treaty grounds at Waitangi are in private ownership.

He doubts the claim will suceed... and he's concerned that it may trigger unrealistic hopes to privately owned land in other Maori.

RUSH OF CLAIMS EXPECTED BEFORE ELECTION

A Maori political commentator expects a rush of Treaty settlements before this year's general election.

Rawiri Taonui the head of Maori and indigenous studies at Canterbury University says the Treelord deal for cdentral north Island forest lands should be finalised in the next 4 to 6 weeks.

He also expects a deal with Tainui over its claim to the Kawhia Habour, in the hope of boosting Nanaia Mahuta's chance of retaining her seat.

TAUMAUNU CALLED IN TO NATIONAL COACHING SPOT

The appointment of former silver ferns captain Waimarama Taumaunu as assistant coach of the national netball squad has been welcomed by Southern Steel centre Jenny-May Coffin.

She says Ms Taumaunu forged an enviable reputation on court in the late 80's and has gained solid international experience working with the English National squad.

Ms Taumaunu, who affiliates to Ngati Porou, replaces Leigh Gibbs as Ruth Aitken's assistant coach of the Silver Ferns... effective immediately.

Ms Coffin says Ms Taumanu has the x factor, and will be invaluable to the national team.

Waimarama Taumaunu was inducted into the Maori Sports Hall of Fame at last years annual awards.

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