3rd June 2014
Ngāti Kahungunu and Sealord announce fishing deal
A deal allowing New Zealand’s third largest iwi to be more directly involved in the use of its fishing quota has been
signed in Nelson.
The arrangement between Ngāti Kahungunu
will see the two organisations work together in the sustainable utilisation of fishing quota, employ and develop iwi
members whilst at the same time maximising profitable returns to iwi.
According to Mike Paku (Ngāti Kahungunu) the deal is more substantive than the year-by-year sale and purchase of ACE
(annual catch entitlement) approach previously used by the iwi.
“Ngāti Kahungunu and Sealord share a common recognition that quota is taonga that must be protected for future
generations and that this can be achieved whilst maximising the income from this valuable asset,” said Paku.
The agreement includes a programme to increase training and employment and for Ngāti Kahungunu to gain valuable
experience in the different elements of the fisheries value chain.
General Manager of Sealord Fishing, Doug Paulin explains that the former includes scholarships at the Westport Deepsea Fishing School
, similar to those established with Tainui.
“Sealord has been developing relationships with iwi through our ‘Ihu to Mai’ programme which we believe benefits all
parties. Ihu to Mai increases the long term access to quota for Sealord and provides a more direct influence in the way
fishing assets are sustainably utilised for iwi,” Paulin said.
The deal includes a range of species including hoki, bluenose, alfonsino, jack mackerel and oreo. This ACE will vary
each year according the Total Allowable Commercial Catch set by the Minister of Primary Industries as part of the New
Zealand quota management system.
About Ngāti Kahungunu
Ngāti Kahungunu has the third largest Iwi population, The 2013 NZ Census and Local Government statistics show that
61,626 people or 9.2 percent of the Maori population belong to Ngāti Kahungunu.
A large percentage of Kahungunu people reside outside the traditional iwi boundaries. Many more, not included in the
census count, reside overseas. Geographically, Ngāti Kahungunu has the second largest tribal rohe in the country, from
the Wharerata ranges in the Wairoa District extending to Cape Palliser in South Wairarapa. The coastal boundaries are
Paritu in the North to Turakirae in the South.
About Ihu to Mai
Ihu to Mai refers to a waka that has been hauled through the passages of time (that has a significant history, as does
Sealord). It acknowledges leaders who have withstood the test of time, especially by harnessing and diversifying their
potential (pitomata) and forging ahead into an ever changing ocean.
Ihu is short for Ihuwaka which is the bow of a waka, but it also means leader and can refer to the umbilical cord or
heart of a tree. These are all strong images and connections - the type of commitment and leadership Sealord strives