Thursday, November 21, 2013

Maori Sustainability Indicators

A report by John, Reid, Tremane Barr and myself, edited by Golda Varona, presents a comprehensive theoretical overview on ‘Indigenous Sustainability Indicators for Maori Farming and Fishing Enterprises.' Published by the Ngai Tahu Research Centre (at the University of Canterbury) and the Agricultural Research Group on Sustainability (ARGOS), the report argues "to establish a set of Indigenous sustainability indicators for Māori ... it is crucial to understand what Maori want to sustain."

We discuss the relevant literature and arrive at a series of practices that give effect to sustainability values. In sum, the sustainability of an enterprise can be assessed according to the presence or absence of practices that give effect to values.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Latest unemployment figures: Maori and Pasifika labour force participation way up...

Stats NZ has just released the latest Household Labour Force Survey.

Unemployment is down...

Labour participation is up, dramatically so for our Pasifika whanaunga...

This volatility reflects the transient nature of jobs for Maori and Pasifika workers.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Maori and Mining ... and new book from University of Otago

With the current debate on mining in Aotearoa, the publication of a new book by University of Otago researchers is timely.

The small but packed book includes chapters on He Tirohanga Whānui (Māori and Mining Overview), Te Hātepe (The Process of Mining), Ngā Uara (Values), Te Ture (Mineral Law and Māori) Te Umanga (The Economics of Mining for Māori), Te Taiao (Environmental Impacts of Mining) and concludes with He Kupu Whakatepe.

There is also a chapter on ‘Who’s Who in Mining’ with a selection of companies currently operating in Aoteaora/New Zealand.

Authors are Katharina Ruckstuhl, Lyn Carter, Luke Easterbrook, Andrew R. Gorman, Hauauru Rae, Jacinta Ruru, Diane Ruwhiu, Janet Stephenson, Abby Suszko, Michelle Thompson-Fawcett and Rachel Turner.

The book is available FREE and just a click away @ Maori and Mining

Monday, November 04, 2013

New Nat MP cheekily gives National credit for Maori economy

Claudette Hauiti is certainly starting to pay her way in her new job :)

Of course this discourse discounts disparate dissent from several generations of Maori who fought, argued, debated and ultimately demanded an acknowledgement of the injustices forced upon Maori.

MP gives National credit for Maori economy

And given the current poor state of Maori in the house of NZ Inc., the so-called Maori economy is nowhere near providing adequately for us as a people.

Ka whawhai tonu...
Simon Lambert

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