Post by Kiwi Frontline on Apr 29, 2018 17:31:36 GMT 12
MĀORI FISHERIES TRUST LABELS DOC-FUNDED BOOK 'SCAREMONGERING'
The book's author, environmental law and policy expert Raewyn Peart, calls for a fully independent statutory inquiry into New Zealand's fisheries management system.
In 2015 Peart received $60,000 funding from the Department of Conservation (DoC) to undertake research for the book.
The book said the Māori fisheries settlement, concluded as a Treaty settlement with the Crown more than 25 years ago, had created a barrier to entry for fishers and processors who wished to acquire more quota, and for aspiring new entrants.
It had also "potentially reduced the flexibility to adjust the fisheries management system over time".
The book, and DoC's funding of it, have outraged Te Ohu Kaimoana (Māori Fisheries Trust), which manages fishing assets on behalf of Māori and facilitates their allocation to iwi.
Te Ohu Kaimoana chief executive Dion Tuuta said the book was "scaremongering" and lacked credibility......