Maori Development

Iwi have a range of interests as tangata whenua that are recognised in various statutes including the Resource Management Act (RMA)1991.  These interests make them vitally important partners and allies in the regional development of aquaculture, quite independent of their own current and future interest in the sector.

Te Puni Kokiri and Te Ohu Kaimoana are currently working with Maori to develop resources for a sustainable growth framework that takes into account both commercial and kaitiaki (stewardship) aspirations.  This will include actively engaging Maori participation at all levels of the industry.

Strengthening Maori success in aquaculture requires the following factors:

  • New aquaculture developments must be sound business propositions
  • Maori must have access to industry and commercial expertise
  • Maori must have the knowledge and human resources to actively participate in the planning process, specifically the Resource Management Act
  • Emphasis on iwi working together at a regional level to maximise the benefits of the settlement assets
  • Wider environmental concerns must balance with commercial aquaculture aspirations
  • Collaboration and relationship building between iwi, community, industry, regional and central government

For links to relevant Maori development organisation websites visit our Key Partnerships page

For any enquiries around Aquaculture New Zealand’s Maori Development role, please contact:

Karen Morley
Business Manager - Aquaculture New Zealand
Tel: +64 (03) 546 2660