Ngāi Tahu, Dunedin-based fisher, William Parata and Te Atiawa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira, marine biology masters scholar Monique Holmes, have been awarded the Global Fisheries Scholarships (GFS).
Several years of experience working on fishing boats was the impetus for Paratasetting his sights on a career in Māori fisheries and led him to commence a degree in commerce majoring in accounting and finance, while for Holmes, the essence of kaitiakitanga has led her to pursue her passion in the marine industry.
The Global Fisheries Scholarship (GFS) will enable both Parata in 2020 and Holmes in 2021, to embark on a one-year programme to immerse themselves in the Japanese language and culture, whilst working at Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd to further their knowledge and understanding of the fishing industry.
The programme highlights Moana New Zealand’s commitment to future generations, developing meaningful partnerships that uphold the shared purpose that, as guardians of Maori fishing assets, we are dedicated to contributing to the wellbeing of future generations.
Established in 2001, the year-long programme offers the opportunity of a lifetime to Māori seeking a rewarding career in the fishing industry. The innovative programme which is a joint initiative between Moana New Zealand, Te Ohu Kaimoana (Māori Fisheries Trust), Sealord and Japanese company Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd (Nissui), aims to develop and grow the capability of Māori wanting to work or who are already employed in the New Zealand fishing industry.
The GFS interview panel were impressed by the calibre of applicants and the quality of the finalists. It highlights the appeal of the scholarship, strength of the programme among Māori and the great work done by Te Ohu Kaimoana in establishing the scholarship.
Chief Executive of Moana New Zealand, Steve Tarrant says “investing in our people is fundamental to Moana New Zealand’s ongoing success as a Māori owned fishing entity.”
“People are at the heart of everything we do at Moana New Zealand and they are the greatest contributor to our success. A number of our long serving employees have come through the Global Fisheries Scholarship programme going on to fulfil rewarding and promising careers within the industry, and it’s brilliant to see so many rangatahi passionate about the Māori fisheries industry putting their hands up for this programme,” Tarrant says.