Te Arawa Fisheries posts strong financial year despite COVID challenges

March 24, 2022

Te Arawa Fisheries posts strong financial year despite COVID challenges

Te Arawa Fisheries has increased its total revenue by more than $10 million and posted a $9.3m surplus in the past 12 months, despite grappling with COVID-related challenges for a second year.

Chief Executive, Chris Karamea Insley, puts the successful result down to sound investment decisions and a future-focused business strategy which is opening new doors for the iwi-owned fisheries group.

The 2021 Te Arawa Fisheries Annual Report, released ahead of this Saturday’s virtual Annual General Meeting, highlights the group’s impressive financial gains, as well as a number of significant new projects launched in the past year.

In the 2021/22 financial year, Te Arawa Fisheries achieved total revenue of $14.8m – a significant increase from the $4.4m posted the previous year.

While its total expenses were $1.7m higher than the previous year, Te Arawa Fisheries still posted a net surplus after tax of $9.3m – an $8.8m increase from the 2020/21 financial year.

Mr Insley says Te Arawa Fisheries is incredibly proud to deliver a surplus for whānau in what has been another challenging year impacted by COVID-19.

“The past 12 months have been defined by Te Arawa Fisheries’ ability to deliver and progress our ka pu te ruha strategy, creating an active, resilient business focused on growing and diversifying our assets.

“COVID-19 has continued to challenge businesses worldwide – particularly in the export and retail sectors, however, our organisation has treated these obstacles as opportunities.

“We have explored new ventures such as the development and distribution of our Hī mussels, invested in professional development and grown our work arm, Te Arawa Mahi, which helps whānau into employment.”

Mr Insley says the organisation is actively exploring new ventures to secure the business’ viability in the face of external pressures, such as climate change, over-fishing and new regulations.

“We have made significant progress transitioning from a passive operation to an active one, from volume-based to value-focused and introducing a way of operating that reflects our four pou: Tangata, Taiao, Tikanga, and Tahua.

“This includes identifying and moving into new markets – an avenue we are pursuing with the export of Hī into Australia, Europe and America, as well as securing meaningful partnerships with the right people, at the right time.

“An example of this is the significant science-based partnership we have entered into, joining our Waiariki iwi with research and technology institutes to advance large-scale collective iwi aquaculture developments,” Mr Insley says.

“While many organisations are finding themselves in a holding pattern while COVID-19 runs its course, Te Arawa Fisheries is growing, adding its voice to high-level discussions and progressing exciting new products.

“Te Arawa Fisheries is a living example of how we, as iwi organisations, can embody our values and harness our mātauranga Māori to create enduring and successful business models.”

We look forward to sharing more at our AGM on Saturday 26 March – see the details below.

Te Kotahitanga o Te Arawa Waka Fisheries Trust trustees

Your chance to kōrero – join us at our upcoming AGM!

There is still time to register for our AGM which will be held virtually on Saturday, 26 March, 2022.

The AGM is your chance to listen and contribute to the ideas, thinking and kōrero about how we are progressing with our Ka pu te ruha strategy and the projects we have underway. We’re looking forward to sharing all the latest information with you.


  1. Apologies
  2. Message from the Chair
  3. CEO Report
  4. Finance Report
  5. Resolutions
  6. General Business
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