Thursday, May 16, 2013

Te Ahuwhenua ... Maori Farmer of the Year

Interesting interview with Kingi Smiler on Te Ahuwhenua.



One issue I'd take with his korero is that the competition did not decline through a lack of industry interest (I doubt the farming sector knew or cared about Te Ahuwhenua). Rather it was a combination of financial pressures on marae to host events and Ministerial racism.

This is revealed in the archives, most of which sit in the Wellington offices although some are also in Auckland, and Te Puni Kokiri/Ministry of Maori Development also hold some.

I published some of the correspondence on this in a paper published in the MAI Review, linked here.


Bill Swinton receiving the inaugural Te Ahuwhenua Trophy
I've started mapping the location of Te Ahuwhenua winners on a Google map, linked here...

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Maori unemployment down again...

Latest Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) shows Maori unemployment down again, along with overall unemployment. Pasifika figures also improving but note both communities are still worse than mid-2011:

% unemployment, March quarter 2013 
Waiting to be sent Maori in Canterbury figures. Will post as soon as I have them...
Simon Lambert

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