5 Mar 2009

Postal vote backs Hauraki Maori Trust Board

10:37 am on 5 March 2009

A postal vote has overwhelmingly endorsed the Hauraki Maori Trust Board holding the tribe's fisheries and aquaculture settlement assets.

Waatea News reports the board held the vote after a dissident board member, David Taipari, challenged its mandate in the Maori Land Court.

Board spokesperson John Linstead says 83% supported the board managing the $20 million in fisheries quota and shares, and 72%believed it should manage a similar value of aquaculture assets.

Mr Linstead says the next step is to ask Te Ohu Kaimoana, the Maori fisheries settlement trust, to accept the board's mandate.