Te Ohu Kaimoana is proud to announce that this year's Māori Fisheries Conference will take place on Wednesday 27 March
2019, at the Novotel Hotel Auckland International Airport. The Māori Fisheries Conference is launching into its eighth
consecutive year and has become the pre-eminent hui in fisheries for Iwi and Māori fishing interests.
The theme for the 2019 conference is ‘Te hā o Tangaroa kia ora ai tāua’ - the breath of Tangaroa sustains us. This theme
speaks to the interconnectedness of humanity with the environment and underpins Te Ohu Kaimoana’s purpose, the decisions
we make and advice we give as an organisation dedicated to protecting Maori fishing rights. It recognises that Iwi Māori
have the obligation and responsibility to tiaki Tangaroa, so that Tangaroa may continue to care and provide for Iwi.
The conference will explore various aspects relating to humanity’s relationship with Tangaroa – from traditional Māori
food gathering, the effects of eco-colonialism on Māori world views, to examining how businesses are acting in a way
that is culturally and commercially tika (doing the right thing). This year’s conference will also provide Iwi with a
discussion on Australian indigenous perspectives of fisheries.
Speakers at this year’s conference include sustainability and indigenous rights advocate Tina Ngāta, Minister of
Fisheries Hon Stuart Nash, 2018 Māori Business Leader of the Year and Chief Executive of Kono NZ Rachel Taulelei, Author
and Professor Dr Chellie Spiller, representatives from Australia's Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
Indigenous Reference Group (IRG), Te Whānau-ā-Apanui kaumātua Danny Poihipi and Te Ohu Kaimoana Chairman Jamie Tuuta
among many others. For the full list of speakers, please the conference website by visiting: www.teohu.conference.maori.nz/
Te Ohu Kaimoana thanks the generous sponsors of this year’s Māori Fisheries Conference for 2019, Moana New Zealand,
Sealord, AMP Capital, Westpac, Te Wai Māori, Kahui Legal, Oceanlaw New Zealand, Ngāi Tahu Seafood, Te Rūnanga A Iwi O
Ngāpuhi, Kono NZ, Port Nicholson Fisheries and Cloudy Bay Clams.