Commercial users of the lakes in the Rotorua area may have to pay a fee to iwi for their usage in the future.
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A decision to set up a marine reserve in the South Island has hit a nerve with the Māori Party, who liken it to confiscation.
Many will remember the tragic sinking of Tonga's Princess Ashika in 2009. Seventy four islanders lost their lives, most were women and young children.
Waka ama isn't the only water sport Māori excel in. Many Māori won national titles at the NZ Canoe Sprint Champs in Rotorua this weekend and are now looking forward to representing the country at the next Olympics.