Te Arawa Fisheries highlights of 2022

December 23, 2022

Te Arawa Fisheries highlights of 2022

Ka nui te mihi ki ā koutou i manaaki i ngā kaupapa i pahure i te tau nei – mā whero, mā pango, ka oti ai te mahi.

Ki ā tātou rangatira kua wheturangitia inaianei, ko Taa Toby Curtis, Taa Harawira Gardiner raua ko Bobby Palmer – moe mai rā.

Ka hoki ngā whaiwhakaaro ki ngā tukunga mahi whakahirahira o te tau 2022.

As 2022 draws to a close, we reflect on the year that was. Like many businesses worldwide, COVID-19 impacted our operations. However, this has not discouraged us from pursuing new ventures and opportunities that have allowed us to support Te Arawa whānau across our rohe.

Te Arawa Fisheries Ka pu te ruha, Ka hao te rangatahi strategy has been vital in keeping us on this course, and our four pou – Tangata, Taiao, Tikanga, and Tahua, woven throughout our strategy is central to everything we do.

In 2022, Te Arawa Fisheries made significant strides in progressing this strategy, with a focusing on becoming even more resilient through the growth and diversification of our assets.

Here we share some of the highlights and key outcomes we’ve achieved this year. To hear more about our kaupapa, please join us at our 2022 AGM to be held at Hei Marae in Te Puke on 18 March, 2023.

Nō reira, mēri kirihimete ki ā koutou katoa, ko te tūmanako me pai haere i roto i te haumarutanga tō koutou wā whakataa i te taha i ā koutou whānau. 

Te Arawa Fisheries highlights of 2022

Iwi Partnership Programme

Since it’s inception In 2011, Te Arawa Fisheries Iwi Partnership Programme has supported a raft of important kaupapa this year.

In 2022, some of these kaupapa included aquaculture scoping by Ngāti Makino, te reo Māori wānanga run by Ngāti Tahu/Ngāti Whaoa, and the participation of Tūhourangi in the Rarotonga Kapa Haka Festival.

Hī mussels go international

Launched in October 2021 and sustainably farmed from the South Pacific waters of Coromandel and packaged in the Bay of Plenty Waiariki region, Hī mussels are distributed nationally and internationally to meet the demand for a high-quality. Long-life, authentic-tasting delicacy.

In 2022, our premium seafood products officially went international in two countries – Australia and Samoa.

We already have a firm foothold in our domestic market, allowing Te Arawa Fisheries to focus on exploring and entering new international markets, which will, in turn, result in more benefits for our whānau at home.

Development opportunities grow for Bay Packers

Bay Packers located in Mount Maunganui, is a Māori-owned fisheries business that has set its sights on the future.

Kitted out with all the necessary IT platforms and systems, significant work has gone into streamlining management systems, with a strong focus on building a workplace culture that nurtures the health and wellbeing of all staff and personnel.

While the operating environment remains challenging domestically and internationally, changes made at governance and management levels in 2022 have helped us position Bay Packers well for the future.

 Building the right partnerships

This year the forest research institute, Scion, formally joined our Waiariki-led science and technology consortium. The MOU aligns with our aspiration to work closely with Māori to transition to a sustainable Aotearoa.

Te Arawa Fisheries has also continued to foster our valuable relationship with Sealord, focusing on how we can help Sealord to offset its carbon emissions through our Aka Rākau programme.

As we move to the implementation phase of the New Zealand/European (EU) FTA our relationship with the EU Ambassador to Aotearoa, Nina Obermaier, will help create inroads into the EU market for our premium, Māori seafood products.

Te Arawa Fisheries is also engaging with prominent fisheries business Nissui to explore how we can build a mutually-beneficial, long-term partnership that will strengthen the fast-growing Waiariki aquaculture sector.

 European Union and United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (EU/UK FTA)

Māori were pivotal in negotiating two of the most significant free trade agreements for Aotearoa, resulting in two gold-standard deals with the EU and United Kingdom that respect and reflect te ao Māori and open multiple new doors for Māori exporters, like Te Arawa Fisheries.

An impressive deal was negotiated with the EU, unlocking access to one of the world’s biggest and most lucrative markets, with export revenue expected to grow by up to $1.8b annually on full implementation.

This new agreement will remove tariffs from kaimoana, levelling the playing field for Māori exporters.

Ngā Iwi i Te Rohe o Te Waiariki – Iwi-led pūtaiao consortium and Smart Māori Aquaculture

In June, our iwi-led science consortium held at Scion Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park in Rotorua, brought together some of the top science and technology minds from across Aotearoa to finalise a roadmap to developing a world-class aquaculture industry in the rohe.

Our kaupapa has been to investigate alternative ways to supply kaimoana for whānau and for valuable world food markets, as well as combining western science with mātauranga Māori to explore sustainable, resilient aquaculture opportunities that care for our moana, and importantly, grow our whānau.

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