Of Te Aupouri descent, Shane Jones is a Commissioner of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission/Te Ohu Kai Moana. However, he is primarily engaged in the complex process of settling the Muriwhenua Treaty of Waitangi claim. Shane took over this task in 1997 from the late Matiu Rata, who had led the claim since it was first lodged with the Waitangi Tribunal in the mid-1980s.
Shane has a background in public policy development, and has held leading positions in several government departments and bodies. He has been the manager of Maruwhenua, the Maori policy unit at the Ministry for the Environment, has worked at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and was appointed to represent the Far North on the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission in 1993. In the early 1990s, he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to study at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Representing Muriwhenua claimants from Northland, Shane was part of a group that helped to initiate the negotiations for what is known as the Sealords deal. This groundbreaking Treaty settlement allocated the rights to 10% of New Zealand's fishing quota, as well as 20% of future fishing quota allocations, to the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. The settlement also provided NZ$150 million for a half-share in the Sealords fishing company. Shane became a director of Sealords in 1995, and has held various roles in a number of Sealords' subsidiary companies as well.
An innovative thinker, Shane has devoted enormous energies into developing initiatives for good governance and good resource management. He will be addressing the SeaViews conference on Maori, the industry and fishing.