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​Fisheries opportunity within the Iwi Economy

News 28 Apr 2017

The Maori economy has grown significantly over the last 100 years and the scale of assets controlled by iwi, which have signed settlements with the Crown, has reached a staggering six billion dollars.

That figure is set to continue escalating, and as such Maori and iwi increasingly contribute and play a key role in New Zealand’s economy.

Māori contribution to NZ’s economy is multi-faceted and includes the primary sector, natural resources, small and medium enterprises and tourism – and it presents a whole range of business opportunities for investors across the spectrum – including fisheries.

On May 15, iwi, NZ and Pacific industry leaders, investors, business owners, governments and their officials will come together for the Pacific-NZ Fisheries Forum, at Auckland’s Rydges Hotel to exchange their knowledge, experience and innovations in relation to the industry.

Hosted by Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) in collaboration with Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA), delegates attending the forum will be able to learn from each other about better effectiveness and efficiencies; and about growing investment opportunities and gaining greater market access.

Among the guest speakers, is Trevor Moeke, Principal Advisor Crown Maori Capability for the Office of the Executive at the NZ Treasury - the Government’s lead advisor on economic, financial and regulatory policy.

Trevor is also serves iwi as the Deputy Chair and Director on Kahungunu Asset Holding Company (KAHC), fully owned by Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated (NKII).

Born and raised on the eastern seaboard of the North Island, Trevor is a descendant of Horouta Matatua and Takitimu Waka lines.

His background is in education, iwi and Maori business development, international indigenous collaboration, public service, governance, broadcasting and economic development – and most recently, he was was the Deputy Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri.

The Wellington-based advisor will be able to offer insight into the Maori economy and potential opportunities which lie in fisheries for the Pacific region.

Trevor will replace guest speaker PCF Board member and Chair of Ngati Kahungunu Ngahiwi Tomoana, who was scheduled to speak at the forum.

Other knowledgeable and influential key-note speakers from the industry include Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development Matua Shane Jones; James Movick, Director General of Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA); PITIA Chairman Frank Wickham; Ngati Whatua Chief Executive Officer and Director, Te Ohu Kaimoana (Maori Fisheries Commission) Rangimarie Hunia; Solander (Pacific) Director Charles Hufflett; along with Founder and CEO of Alfa Fishing – and PCF Grow Pacific participant Alfred Kalontas.

These speakers, among others, will focus on three themes running throughout the forum - iwi shared-learning on fisheries; investment opportunities in fisheries; and market access.

The CEO of PCF Laulu Mac Leauanae says ideally, the forum will result in a series of direct linkages between Pacific businesses and iwi.

“It is hoped the lessons learned by iwi to manage fisheries will be adapted for the Pacific region, and furthermore, market access opportunities will arise for Pacific industry through these linkages with Maori.”

It is also anticipated the NZ Fisheries investment community including iwi will look to invest in Pacific opportunities and NZ businesses will provide access to new markets for Pacific businesses.

Forum tickets are available at ITICKET now.

The Pacific NZ Fisheries Forum will be followed by PITIA’s AGM on May 16.

Pacific NZ Fisheries Forum (hosted by PCF and PITIA)

Where: Rydges Hotel, Federal Street, Auckland

When: May 15, 2017 (8.30am registration)


NB: Trevor Moeke replaces Ngahiwi Tomoana as a guest speaker.