Mandated iwi organisations
When a recognised iwi organisation (RIO) has met the governance criteria set out in the Maori Fisheries Act it is entitled to receive fisheries assets as the mandated iwi organisation (MIO) for that iwi. There can be only one mandated iwi organisation per iwi.
Recognised iwi organisations
An organisation recognised by Te Ohu Kai Moana Trustee Limited under section 27 as representing a particular iwi but not to receive fisheries assets; each iwi can have only one recognised iwi organisation.