COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am
Ed Sheeran

Ngāti Kuri wants new model for Kermadec sanctuary

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

The chair of northernmost iwi Ngāti Kuri says new thinking is needed to resolve a stand off over creating a giant marine reserve around the Kermadec Islands.

Former Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has criticised his former National colleagues for announcing the plan to create the ocean sanctuary without proper consultation or consideration of Māori rights and interests.

While Ngāti Kuri acknowledges as having mana whenua over the Kermadecs because it has the most recent historical associations, under the Māori Fisheries Settlement all iwi have development rights in the waters around the islands, known as fisheries management area 10.

Harry Burkhardt says by trying to impose a complete ban on fishing on such a large part of New Zealand's Exclusive Econmic Zone, National ignored Māori philosophies of conservation and resource use.

"We need to be thinking about what are those spaces where we fish in a different way that reflects our fishing whakapapa as Māori and have a space in the global mind that we think differently, that for me is the new opportunity," he says.

Mr Burkhardt says no one is currently FMA 10 because it's not economic for the New Zealand fleet, so there is plenty of time to reach a solution.

Ngāti Kuri sees the Kermadecs as a puna ora with the ability to heal the wider ocean.

Copyright © 2019, UMA Broadcasting Ltd:


matariki x
TVNZ Journalist blames Māori, not Oranga Tamariki.
OPINION - Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: TVNZ Journalist Jehan Casinader, has written a remarkably shallow evaluation of the corrosive Orange Tamariki child uplift programme and has bewilderingly concluded the problem is Māori, not the policy.
Ihumātao Te Riri Pākehā | The White Manís Anger
Dr Rawiri Taonui;This column is part one of three on Ihumātao. This part traces the historical injustices behind Ihumātao. Part two outlines the legal progress and rising opposition against the Fletchers Residential development, the contradiction between justice for Māori and preserving Māori as an artefact, and how the Crown has divided mana whenua. Part three examines the political implications of Ihumātao.
Dear Tracey Martin. I'm sorry Minister but your Oranga Tamariki response is disgracefully tone deaf
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: The Minister responsible for Oranga Tamariki has finally responded over the weekend to the outrage within Māoridom at the Oranga Tamariki uplifts and her response is disgracefully tone deaf.





Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am