Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Maori Treaty Tribes Coalition Hosts Annual Fisheries Conference

Treaty Tribes Coalition is proud to host the Te Matau A Maui Maori 4th Annual Maori Fisheries Conference.

New Zealand has the world’s fourth largest fisheries area and the seafood industry is this country’s fifth biggest export earner, with average earnings of around $1 billion and projections of a $2 billion turnover by 2010. It is estimated that Māori exercise effective control of between one third and one half of the entire industry. The significance of this conference to the wider New Zealand seafood industry should not be under-estimated.



This year’s 2009 conference is designed to challenge and provoke thought, discussions and strategies to take control of issues Maori face domestically, and taking heed of the global economy, explore and pursue opportunities locally and internationally. The emphasis being on active participation and engagement is the point of difference between being in control or being controlled.

Join us in welcoming an indigenous Canadian contingent and Sig Hansen of “The Deadliest Catch” who will participate in a televised interview from Los Angeles both providing examples of being “in control”. In keeping with previous successful conferences, the messages from our international speakers will be reinforced by a further line up of inspiring guest speakers and topics. Workshops will also be a part of this years programme.


The 2008 conference continued the trend of these conferences being fully subscribed with over 200 participants representing Iwi and industry players from throughout Aotearoa. All participants continue to indicate that they will return to the next conference, and tell others to do the same.

In 2009, we are confident that the maximum registration of 200 attendees will be fully subscribed prior to the conference beginning. This will include governance and management of every significant iwi seafood business in the country, as well as many non-iwi businesses, again a full cross section of the seafood industry will be represented. We look forward to seeing you there.


Treaty Tribes was formed in 1994 to represent the common commitment of its constituent iwi to the tikanga of manawhenua, manamoana in relation to the allocation to iwi of fisheries settlement assets held by Te Ohu Kai Moana. The Coalition maintained a very active participation in that debate, in pursuit of a principled and tikanga-based outcome. As resources have allowed, it has also endeavoured to represent the interests of its constituent iwi in the development of marine and fisheries policy and legislation.

All Treaty Tribes iwi have a strong and active interest, as kaitiaki of their rohe moana, in the integrated sustainable management of their fisheries. Each of the constituent iwi of Treaty Tribes considers itself, fundamentally, to be a maritime iwi, for whom the marine environment and fisheries resources are particularly significant elements of its identity, economy and taonga tuku iho.

The constituent members of Treaty Tribes Coalition are: the Hauraki Mäori Trust Board (representing the 12 iwi of Hauraki); Ngäti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated; Ngäi Tamanuhiri Whänui Trust; and Te Rüfnanga o Ngäi Tahu.

Treaty Tribes Coalition iwi represent 15-20% of the Mäori population and approximately 60% of coastline of New Zealand.

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