Customary Fisheries Research Fund

Find out about Fisheries New Zealand's Customary Fisheries Research Fund and how to apply.

Fund set up to assist tangata whenua

The Customary Fisheries Research Fund provides financial assistance for fisheries research to help tangata whenua manage their customary fisheries. It also enables tangata whenua who are working towards gazettal, or are currently gazetted, under the Kaimoana Customary Fishing Regulations 1998 or the South Island Customary Fishing Regulations 1999.

Strategic objectives of the fund

The strategic objectives are to:

  • collate information on fishing practices of Māori that may need to be considered when making fisheries management decisions
  • assist Māori to manage and measure the outcome of customary practice within their rohe moana (coastal area) that adds to their traditional and customary well-being
  • determine past levels of Māori customary and traditional harvest levels and help clarify the relationship between customary and traditional rights and current harvest levels
  • provide customary fisheries information to enhance and add value to sustainable fisheries management processes.

2021 funding

The 2021 funding round opened on 1 July 2021 and will close at 5pm on Friday, 6 August 2021.

Our guide has more details, including the forms you need to apply.

A guide to customary research proposals and processes (2021–2022) [PDF, 335 KB]

History of fund

Fisheries New Zealand's Customary Fisheries Research Fund was created following the establishment of the Kaimoana Customary Fishing Regulations 1998 and the South Island Customary Fishing Regulations 1999 (the Customary Fisheries Regulations). To help comply with parts of the Customary Fisheries Regulations, Māori requested funding to better research:

  • traditional and oral information related to customary gathering
  • traditional practices with regard to mahinga mātaitai and tauranga ika.

Find out more

Fisheries (Kaimoana Customary Fishing) Regulations 1998 – NZ Legislation

Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999 – NZ Legislation

Who to contact

If you have questions about customary fisheries research or the fund, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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