Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Taranaki, Ngāti Maru, Te Arawa
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The Pātaka mechanism for facilitating access to fish through th e customary fisheries regime began operating in Taranaki almost 10 years ago. Since then it has expanded to more Iwi. What are the benefits to Iwi of a Pātaka / Whata, and what are the lessons that have been learnt over the years? Sam Tamarapa represents Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Fishing Ltd on
the Te Taihauauru Fisheries Forum and has been involved with the Taranaki Pātaka since its inception in 2009. Currently working in Iwi communications for the Taranaki Regional Council, Sam previously spent 10 years working for the Ministry of Fisheries in New Plymouth and in the relationship management unit as a Pou Hononga for the Taranaki/Whanganui area. Sam has participated in a number of forum initiatives and discussions on the sustainability of various fisheries and marine mammals in the region. He is part of a Forum working group exploring a Deepwater version of Pātaka.