27 Apr 2006

Māori Fishing Quota

From the collecton Treaty of Waitangi

The first transfer of fishing quotas to the Māori Fisheries Commission has taken place as the government's way of honouring its obligations to Māori under the treaty of Waitangi and the fisheries laws. The transfer is the first of four under the Māori Fisheries Act, which will ultimately see Māori controlling 10% of the nation's fisheries by October 1992, or being compensated with cash if sufficient quotas cannot be obtained. The Māori Fisheries Commission is to apportion half of the quota to individual iwi as well as setting up a pan-Māori public fishing company, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, to take the other half. Fisheries Minister Ken Shirley talks to Paul Jackman about the transfer. Mike Moore comments. Matiu Rata, leader of the Muriwhenua claim and Chairperson of the Māori Fisheries Commission, discusses the transfer with Tipene O'Regan and Geoff Robinson.

(Sound Archives MR90051)