Post by Kiwi Frontline on Sept 13, 2016 17:27:52 GMT 12
IWI PULLS OUT OF KERMADEC SUPPORT TRIP
The government may have lost a key iwi supporter for their proposal to create a marine sanctuary near the Kermadec Islands.
The Crown and Te Ohu Kaimoana have been negotiating since March.
Until yesterday two iwi backed the government's proposal, Te Aupouri and Ngāti Kuri.
However, within hours of Ms Barry's office putting out a press release stating both iwi were going, Te Aupouri pulled out.
Mr Key emphasised there would be no financial compensation and was adamant the government had no intention of backing away from creating a marine sanctuary.
He said iwi believed they should be entitled to fish there, even though they hadn't previously done so.
The proposed deal between the Crown and Te Ohu Kaimoana would see the affected iwi agree voluntarily not to fish within the sanctuary area, and the government to draft the sanctuary legislation so it does not expressly extinguish iwi fishing rights.
RNZ understands the sticking point is the length of time that iwi would voluntarily put aside their fishing rights.
The government wants between 20 and 25 years, but iwi want the time set at five to 10 years followed by a review of the agreement....