17 Apr 2014

Ngapuhi eyes claim over fishing rules

7:48 pm on 17 April 2014

Ngapuhi suggests it could take a contemporary Waitangi Tribunal claim over a new commercial fishing law.

Legislation will only allow fishing companies to use foreign charter vessels if they're flying the New Zealand flag - which means they're subject to New Zealand regulations.

Ngapuhi uses foreign boats to catch its deep-water fishing quota, and says the changes will hurt the tribe financially.

Spokesperson Rihari Dargaville says the tribe was given fishing rights under a Treaty settlement. He says if that agreement is dissipating people can be certain a contemporary claim could be taken.