1 Sep 2010

Fisheries chief impressed with iwi progress

10:01 am on 1 September 2010

The chief executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana, Peter Douglas, says he's impressed with the way iwi are managing the Maori fisheries settlement at ground level.

The northernmost iwi, Ngati Kuri, has just completed the mandating process, which means that Far North iwi can now negotiate among themselves how quota for coastal species in their region should be divided up.

Mr Douglas told Waatea News that, going on how other regions have managed the task, he's confident of a rapid outcome.

He says that, by achieving its mandate, the Ngati Kuri Trust Board gets access to the population-based part of the settlement, amounting to more than $3 million in deepwater quota, cash and shares in Aotearoa Fisheries.