OTHER EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS
The diagram of Ministry Relationships also shows a series of other external organisations having working relationships with the Ministry. Brief details of these are set out below.
Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST) and Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST)
The Ministry works with MoRST and FRST to determine research and funding priorities in fisheries research and minimise the overlap of research between funding organisations.
The Ministry works with Treasury, Te Puni Ko-kiri, Office of Treaty Settlements, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ministry of Justice, State Services Commission, Ministry of Economic Development, Department of Labour, Environmental Risk Management Authority, and New Zealand Customs on fisheries-related issues as they arise.
Treaty Partner: relationships with tangata whenua
The Ministry interacts with tangata whenua on a number of different levels. It continues to implement the customary fishing regulations and have ongoing consultation obligations under the Fisheries Act 1996. Maori are now the largest players in New Zealand’s commercial fishing industry. Tangata whenua can manage their non-commercial customary fishing activity through customary regulations. Maori are also substantial recreational fishers.