News 10 May 2017
On Monday, iwi, leaders from around the Pacific and New Zealand, investors, business owners and government officials will descend on Auckland’s Rydges Hotel for the Pacific – NZ Fisheries Forum.
The forum, hosted by Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) and Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) aims at bringing together fisheries stakeholders to exchange knowledge, experience and innovations in relation to the number one industry in the region.
Headlining an influential and knowledgeable line-up of guest speakers and panelists is James Movick – Director General, Forum Fisheries Association.
James will present on critical issues in the region, and the direction of fisheries and what is happening to this valuable resource in the Pacific.
Chief Executive Officer for Ngati Whatua and Director of the Maori Fisheries Trust Rangimarie Hunia is the other keynote speaker at the forum, and she will talk about opportunities for developing more formal relationships between the Pacific and Maori fisheries sectors.
The remainder of the one-day forum is divided into focus areas, where panels of experts will stimulate thoughtful and productive dialogue.
Solander (Pacific) Director Charles Hufflett will lead a panel of PITIA member countries, who will present case studies outlining the past successes and future challenges for the Pacific fisheries sector, and detail their goals for partnership with NZ businesses.
A sustainable fishing initiatives dialogue will follow, with World Wide Fund (WWF) representative Hugh Walton speaking on the role of WWF in Pacific Tuna Fishing and the role certification plays in opening and accessing new markets.
Following lunch, the NZ / Iwi Experience is placed under the spotlight, with Dion Tuuta, the CEO of Te Ohu Kaimoana (Maori Fisheries Trust) and Principal Advisor Crown Maori Capability for the Office of the Executive at the NZ Treasury Trevor Moeke facilitating a panel of NZ-based fisheries leaders.
These leaders will share challenges facing the sector currently in NZ and about future potential opportunities in new product development and the importance of providing high quality product for the worlds markets.
The panel will focus on potential partnership opportunities and ideas with the Pacific.
While it will be a full day of dialogue and presentations, there is still time for plenty of networking to be done with cocktails and canapes to conclude the event.