Chathams Community News
Community news from New Zealand's Chatham Islands.
The Ministry of Primary Indistries (MPI) along with your local Iwi/Imi are trying to encourage Chatham Islanders to use the Customary Authorization (Permit) system where it is appropriate. At present we have very limited records of customary fishing on the island. These records are essential when determining Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and making fisheries management decisions for the Chatham Island area. TAC incorporates all commercial, recreational and customary sectors.
Permits should be applied for where the seafood is required for a traditional family gathering irrespective of the quantities required. Typical examples would be for tangi, weddings, birthdays or hui.
Mangere Island provides an important predator-free refuge to many rare and endemic invertebrates, birds and plants. Restoration first started on the island in the 1970’s with the Wildlife Service planting akeake shelterbelts in Douglas Basin and on the Top Plateau in an effort to expand the habitat available to black robins. Since the early 1990’s tens of thousands of akeake have been planted on the island thanks to the Tuanui and Moffet families and planting contractors. The job isn't over yet and the planting continues.
If you are being sent to New Zealand by the Chathams Medical Centre for treatment and you are a resident on either Chatham or Pitt Island you are entitled to apply for monies from medical relief For more information please contact the following persons - Pat Lanauze Chairperson 3050073 or Barby Joyce Sec/Treasurer 3050211
The Chatham Islander is published monthly and distributed to islanders for free. Subscriptions are available for friends, family and anyone connected to the islands. One year (12 issues) is $50 including GST and postage within New Zealand. Overseas subscriptions are also available.
For more information about The Chatham Islander, or to subscribe to the printed version contact:
54 Dunster Street
03 358 9344
The consultants working for the Chatham Island Enterprise Trust, Chatham Islands Council and the Department of Internal Affairs for the Chatham Islands- Wharf Facilities Study received a fantastic turnout for meetings and corresponding response forms on the project.
The project team received the majority of feedback while on the Islands between 9 to 15 December. The schedule of appointments and meeting with key stakeholders, community and government organisations and individuals proved very engaging. The formal response forms received to-date has also supported the feedback while on the Island.
While response forms have only been initially evaluated, what can be ascertained from the feedback is invaluable to ensure that engineering options are generally consistent with the feedback. This highlights the importance of the individual feedback obtained through the response forms. The organisations involved in the project would like to thank all those who gave their time and effort during the consultation process.
Hokotehi Moriori Trust is reopening the Lime Quarry at Henga in the next couple of months. We have undertaken sampling from two independent sources in NZ over the past couple of years and both indicate that Henga lime is of a VERY high quality and can be applied directly to the land. Anyone wanting to see copies of the tests please make contact.
Chathams Community Focus has Budgeting Worksheets available. You can pick these up from our office Monday to Friday 10am - 2pm. We also have Planning for Success (A do it yourself kit for developing your own business plan) books to give away, you can drop into the office and pick one up or contact the CCF office to post one out to you.