Regional Iwi Forums
Regional forums were created under the Ministry’s Deed of Settlement Implementation Programme.
Forums provide a regular focal point where hapū and iwi representatives and the Ministry can meet to discuss fisheries issues, and ensure tangata whenua have a say in fisheries management processes. Forums allow those taking part to hear each other’s issues and take part in consultation with the Ministry.
Information can then flow back to each iwi and hapū for further discussion and decision-making.
In 2007 the Chairs of each forum met in Rotorua and agreed to develop terms of reference and a strategic plan for a national body that will represent all forums. The forum Chairs have now established a National Council.
Paua, Tuhua Island (Mayor Island), off the Coromandel Peninsula.
To date (June 2008) the following forums have been established around the country:
- Te Ika a Maui (North Island Freshwater)
- Te Hiku o Te Ika (Far North)
- Ngā hapū o Te Uru Tainui (Waikato)
- Mai I Ngā Kuri a Wharei ki Tihirau (Bay of Plenty)
- Turanga nui a Kiwa (Poverty Bay)
- Te Kupenga (Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa)
- Te Taihaū auru (Taranaki/Wanganui)
- Te Henakinui o Kapiti (Greater Wellington)
- Te Tau Ihu (Nelson/Marlborough)
- Ngai Tahu
- South Canterbury/North Otago
- Te Tai Poutini
- Pā Tangaroa (Chatham Islands).