12 Oct 2011

Ngai Tahu to offer young Maori a taste of the sea

7:45 am on 12 October 2011

Ngai Tahu is developing a scheme to get young Maori into commercial fishing, enabling them to work on board trawlers.

The entire industry is currently under examination by a ministerial inquiry into the use of foreign vessels and crew catching New Zealand quota in local waters.

After a delay caused by the Christchurch earthquake the South Island tribe is creating a cadetship programme over the next year and may be in a position to take its plans to runanga before Christmas.

Ngai Tahu Seafood chief executive Brian Moriarty says the idea is to give young Maori a taste of the life to see if it suits them; their experience in the sector could be on a boat, in a processing factory or on a mussel farm.