9 results for Awatere, Shaun

  • The Price of Mauri: Exploring the validity of Welfare Economics when seeking to measure Mātauranga Māori

    Awatere, Shaun (2008)

    Doctoral thesis
    University of Waikato

    Since the 1980s New Zealand has pursued neo-classical or market-based policies with a particular fervour. Market-based options are seen by resource management decision makers as essential frameworks for efficiently allocating resources, an approach that continues to support the view of the inherent dominance of Western knowledge. This is particularly concerning, given that Māori (the indigenous people of New Zealand), have an important role to play in New Zealand resource management and perceive their own knowledge systems have been marginalised. The primary goal of this thesis is to explore the validity of welfare economics when seeking to measure quantitatively Mātauranga Māori or Māori views of the environment through the contingent valuation method. A contingent valuation study is carried out using three separate samples drawn from the general Māori population in Auckland city, a hāpu/sub-tribe indigenous to the Auckland isthmus, and drivers of motor vehicles in Auckland city. Data collection modes include a postal survey and face-to-face interviews. This thesis challenges the validity of political-legal ethnicity constructs to measure Mātauranga Māori. The search for a central tendency will lead to biased, misleading and inaccurate results. The thesis also challenges the validity of contingent valuation to produce true economic measures and to measure and identify Mātauranga Māori. Despite advances in analytical techniques, economic efficiency measures are always deficient, given the difficulty of capturing and anticipating all impacts and valuing them appropriately. Mātauranga Māori is derived from a Māori epistemology and should be considered or analysed with primary reference to this body of knowledge. Economic analysis is only one important cog in the machinery of resource management policy. Given that an economist's contribution to local and regional resource management is most valuable when focusing on the economic efficiency of the proposed resource allocation, it is appropriate that other perspectives such as Mātauranga Māori be considered.

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  • Maori perspectives of the environment: Proposed action strategies

    Whangapirita, Laura; Awatere, Shaun; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2003-12)

    Report
    University of Waikato

    The purpose of this report is to develop an action plan that identifies strategies to meet the future information needs of Environment Waikato with respect to Maori information.

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  • Maori perspectives of the environment: A review of policy submissions made by iwi to Environment Waikato.

    Whangapirita, Laura; Awatere, Shaun; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2003-10)

    Report
    University of Waikato

    As part of our broader brief to gather, summarise, analyse and distribute information held by Environment Waikato on Maori and the environment, we evaluated and summarised those iwi policy submissions made toward the Proposed Waikato Regional Plan (1998). This report refers to values and beliefs sourced from iwi submissions held by Environment Waikato and are presented within a Maori values framework to highlight environmental perspectives of tangata whenua in the Waikato region.

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  • Maori perspectives of the environment: A review of Environment Waikato information sources.

    Whangapirita, Laura; Awatere, Shaun; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2003-05)

    Report
    University of Waikato

    The Community and Economy Programme at Environment Waikato has developed a partnership with the Maori and Psychology Research Unit of the University of Waikato to further assist in strengthening its commitment to cultural research and information work. This relationship will facilitate the development of a number of significant research reports throughout 2003. This initial report describes an internal review conducted by the Maori and Psychology Research Unit to identify what information Environment Waikato currently holds on Maori environmental perspectives.

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  • Maori perspectives of the environment: Summary document

    Whangapirita, Laura; Awatere, Shaun; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2003-12)

    Report
    University of Waikato

    The Community and Economy Programme at Environment Waikato has developed a partnership with the Maori and Psychology Research Unit of the University of Waikato to further assist in strengthening its commitment to cultural research and information work. This relationship facilitated the development of the Maori and Environment project, which was conducted in two stages and produced a number of significant research reports throughout 2003. This is the summary document.

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  • Maori perspectives of the environment: A review of Environment Waikato iwi environmental management plans.

    Whangapirita, Laura; Awatere, Shaun; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2003-09)

    Report
    University of Waikato

    The purpose of this report is to gather, summarise, analyse and distribute information held by Environment Waikato on Maori and the environment. To achieve this we evaluated and summarised the Ngaati Te Ata Iwi Policy Statement, Iwi Environmental management Plans and iwi contributions made toward the Proposed Waikato Regional Plan (1998) using a Maori values framework. This report has been prepared to contribute towards developing a resource for Environment Waikato’s Strategic Plan Review Teams. The report itself refers to values and beliefs sourced from iwi documents held by Environment waiakto and are presented using a Maori values framework providing the reader with an introduction to the environmental perspectives of tangat whenua in the Waikato region.

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  • Maori perspectives of the environment: A review of resource use consent submissions made by iwi to Environment Waikato.

    Whangapirita, Laura; Awatere, Shaun; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2003-11)

    Report
    University of Waikato

    As part of our broader brief to gather, summarise, analyse and distribute information held by Environment Waikato on Maori and the environment, we reviewed and summarised iwi consent submissions made on various resource use consent applications. This report refers to values and beliefs sourced from iwi submissions held by Environment Waikato and are presented within a Maori values framework to highlight environmental perspectives of tangata whenua in the Waikato region.

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  • Maori perspectives of the environment: A review of spatial databases

    Whangapirita, Laura; Awatere, Shaun; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2003-11)

    Report
    University of Waikato

    As part of our broader brief to gather, summarise, analyse and distribute information held by Environment Waikato on Maori and the environment, we identified and analysed a number of spatial datasets managed by the Information Resource Group. This report has been prepared to contribute towards developing a resource fro Environment Waikato’s Strategic Plan Review Teams.

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  • Indigenous service programs plus indigenous evaluator equals Whitestream evaluation - What's wrong with this picture? (Reflections from my PhD)

    Masters-Awatere, Bridgette; Awatere, Shaun; Nikora, Linda Waimarie; Robertson, Neville (2015)

    Conference item
    University of Waikato

    For the past 100 or so years, formal evaluation has taken its lead from frameworks that originate from a culturally blind standpoint. Worldwide the major influence on evaluation practice comes from the United States of America. The absence of non-dominant (or indigenous) culturally constructed frameworks has been replicated around the world. Before the formation of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA), as a NZ specific evaluation group, practitioners generally belonged to the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) and joined in the sharing, adoption and adaptation of USAs Program Evaluation Standards. However, the context of evaluation in New Zealand has been somewhat different from the rest of the world, becoming more culturally centred than other countries. The role and place of the Treaty of Waitangi has been acknowledged as an attributing factor by ANZEA. Four indigenous, externally evaluated “By Maori for Maori”, health & wellbeing programmes were used as case studies within my research. I draw upon examples from the cases studies to highlight the vulnerable and contentious position indigenous service providers and indigenous evaluators were in. Adapting Sandra Grande’s (2003) analysis, I critiqued the context of the case study evaluations that commissioners considered as Kaupapa Maori. In this presentation I argue that while stakeholders perceived the work to be an indigenous evaluation, the case studies demonstrate that whitestream evaluation was prevalent.

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