Sunday, December 20, 2015

Croaking Cassandra

Just started following this blog...Croaking Cassandra ... by Michael Reddell. Provides a unique, often trenchant, criticism of Aotearoa NZ's macroeconomy.


Monday, December 14, 2015

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ian Taylor on the 'Maori economic engine'...

Maori businessman Ian Taylor speaks out at Te Tau Ihu O Te Waka A Maui 2015 Economic Summit. Taylor thinks the Maori economic engine isn't doing enough for young Maori.

Our Pakeha friends and whanaunga could say the same about NZ Inc.

The so-called Maori economy referred to in this article stems from a model by BERL published n 2011 (based on 2010 data), updated in 2015 (based on 2013 data). The majority of this $42,573 billion 'economy' is made of Maori employers ($23,433b). $6,647b is self-employed Maori. The raw data are culled from Stats NZ census data (ie if an employer or self-employed person identifies as Maori, then their business is added to the BERL Maori economy). Trusts and Incorporations make up $12,493b. This sector is the one that most of us have a dog in the fight for, that is it is based on Maori land with Maori collective ownership.

Taylor says 'the "economic engine" comprising an estimated $40 billion in Maori-owned tourism, fisheries, agriculture, forestry and other industries was not delivering on the strategy for Maori economic development drawn up in 2012...'

Well since when did capitalist players do anything other than seek profit for their own ends (this 'profit' can include cultural outcomes of course).

I also see Taylor's sector - IT - has received specific Maori funding of $30m over 6 years. I'm not opposed to this - corporate welfare seems to be a necessary but insufficient condition for any successful economy - but why isn't that sector 'self-funding' if it is so great? (Okay, farming is also subsidised through breaks in carbon credits, and fishing had a few golden years of cheap Asian labour, and forestry gets away with, if not murder, then manslaughter...)

Ian Taylor is doing sterling work, no doubt. I guess he sits within the Maori employer bracket? And I absolutely agree with him that we need our rangatahi getting into software and robotics (indeed I wrote a futurist piece on this for a chapter on Maori leadership with my friends and colleagues Jamie Ataria and Melanie Mark-Shadbolt). 

But maybe the 29% of the Maori economy is doing all it can do?! And if each individual Maori employer or self-employed Maori hired one more Maori, and provided them with a living wage and training, well maybe that would lift this entire 'sector' in a way that would solve some of the issues he identifies?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Canterbury Maori Health Stats...

Latest District Health Board Maori profile makes interesting reading.

Using the NZDep2013 index of small area deprivation, the report shows 40% of Canterbury Māori lived in the four most deprived decile areas, compared to 25% of non-Māori.


Maori and non-Maori Deprivation in Canterbury



Maori in Te Waipounamu have less access to marae than our Te Ika a Maui cousins and whanaunga...




Rates of hospitalisation for mental disorders were 38% higher for Māori than for non-Māori, and we know the post-disaster landscape is still negatively impacting on our mental health in Otautahi.

"Among Māori females, the most common cause of admission was mood disorders, with 50 admissions per year on average.  The rates of admission for bipolar disorders and depressive episodes were higher for Māori women than for non-Māori women, as was the admission rate for anxiety or stress related disorders.

Among Māori males, the overall admission rate was 61% higher than the non-Māori rate. Admissions for schizophrenia type disorders were the most common, at a rate 2.6  times that of non-Māori. The second most common cause of admission was for mood disorders, with a rate 48% higher than the non-Māori rate, followed by substance use disorders. Admissions for anxiety or stress-related disorders were 65% higher than the non-Māori admission rate." (p. 26-27).


Full Report:
Robson B, Purdie G, Simmonds S, Waa A, Andrewes J, Rameka R. 2015. Canterbury District Health Board Māori Health Profile 2015. Wellington: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare.



Labour Party and the Whakapapa of Neoliberalism in Aotearoa

Had a curious Facebook experience when a Maori MP expressed his intent to challenge the PM over his government's attitude to poverty. My comment was a wee reminder that the whakapapa of neo-liberalism in this country begins with his own party...

My comment was deleted by the end of the day.

It is not advisable to be ashamed of your whakapapa. 'Tis what it is.

Until Labour accepts who and what they are - a neo-liberal attuned political party with a poor track record of helping Maori - they are no good to Maori.



Links:
Bryce Edwards: Identity politics vs class politics - 8: Neoliberalism and identity politics



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Whakatipu Rawa Mā Ngā Uri Whakatipu

Short video on a research project headed by Dr. Shaun Awatere along with Craig Pauling and Maui Hudson ...

"The challenge for Māori carrying out development is to determine how to balance the drivers of a neo-liberal economic approach with the very ideals and principles that define us as Māori to ensure quality social and environmental outcomes for future generations. Through a previous NPM research project 'Whakatipu rawa mā ngā uri whakatipu' the team has developed a prototype decision-making framework for collective assets, which takes into account well-being indices, tikanga Māori and financial measures."

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A real joy working with these rangatira on research vital to the interests of Maori but also wider Aotearoa New Zealand.




Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Friday, October 09, 2015

National Statement of Science Investment 2015–2025

The government has launched a new science strategy in its efforts to harness our national intelligences and curiousities to the yoke of economic growth.

Matauranga Maori features, as it has done for several strategic statements now, dating back to the original Vision Matauranga strategy, 'To unlock the innovation potential of Maori et cetera, et cetera...



Couple of interesting points in the latest government interpretations of Maori practices and knowledge:

Kaitiakitanga – an emerging approach to environmental management based on traditional Māori principles, concepts, values and views of the environment.


I agree Kaitiakitanga is evolving but to say it is emerging is only true in the sense that the government is increasingly willing to incorporate Kaitiakitanga into its wider environmental management strategies. The risk is that funding and state support is now open to new interpretations including the thoughts and practices of Pakeha. I say this having witnessed a dramatic increase in the numbers and seniority of Pakeha researchers appropriating VM funding and therefore assuming key roles in 'unlocking our potential'.

I remain skeptical until process and personnel our within our control...


As for Matauranga, an articulated extension in its ambit is announced:

Mātauranga Māori – is a body of knowledge first brought to New Zealand by Polynesian ancestors of present-day Māori. Mātauranga Māori can exist, and be understood and applied, at various levels, including: broadly by Māori across New Zealand; or at regional, tribal, and whānau levels. Mātauranga Māori can also include the processes for acquiring, managing, applying and transferring that body of knowledge.

Yes. In other words our cultural logics are now to be explicitly included in how knowledge held by and relevant to the Indigenous People of Aotearoa New Zealand is controlled.

Lot of battles yet to come, and perhaps the Crown is naive to the implications of this statement, but as the right to decide what is true is related to the right to decide what is just, then game on. 


PS: Interesting list of submitters

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Suicides up (updated)


Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall releases latest figures:

 Quite a big increase.

For Maori, 22 deaths by suicides per 100,000 of us, 8 more than Pakeha.



Not sure if this is a disproportionate increase for Maori (I'm betting it is...). Links to the raw data from the Coronor's website, here.

Updated: Maori stats here. Very grim reading...



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