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The Fisheries Minister has told iwi he can’t make the changes they want to the Māori fisheries settlement because New Zealand First is blocking it.

Last year’s annual meeting of Te Ohu Kaimoana voted in favour of recommendations coming from a ten-year review to give iwi more direct control of the trust and to distribute to them most of the financial reserves it has built up.

Stuart Nash told the Māori Fisheries Conference in Auckland yesterday that while he was committed to giving greater iwi control over the settlement, New Zealand First will not support the changes.

He needs to go back to Labour’s Māori caucus to get more direction.

He also slammed the previous National-led government for saying it would create a huge marine reserve around the Kermadecs without having consulted properly with iwi who have development rights to the fishery.

He says the Government is seeking a solution that will work for all parties, but the first offers have fallen short financially.

Mr Nash also considered on-board cameras to be part of the future of fisheries.

He says while officials see it as being about compliance with fisheries regulations, he saw it as adding value by allowing the industry to demonstrate it was the only sustainably-managed fishery in the world.

The industry considers cameras a breach of workplace privacy without sufficient safeguards.

Mr Nash told the hui they can work with us or against us on the issue.



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