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Selwyn Katene

Doctor of Philosophy, (Maori Studies)
Study Completed: 2006
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
The Politics of Iwi Voice.

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Dr Katene’s research was designed to describe and further understand the dynamics of the diaspora of an iwi and its subsequent re-emergence while being buffeted by multiple opposing forces. His study focused on the experiences of Ngati Tama, and its relationship with the Crown and other iwi/Maori groups in Wellington , from 1997-2004. It provided an insider’s insight into an iwi seeking to secure political and iwi recognition by resisting attempts to assimilate into a broader coalition of iwi/Maori interests, preferring instead to develop and maintain its own distinctive identity. The thesis pointed to effective iwi leadership in a changing environment being about negotiating relationships, in good faith, and seeking pathways that advance mutual interests. Future prospects for an iwi away from its homeland depend on the development of pragmatic, adaptive and innovative strategies, and a fervent resolve to retain a distinctive identity, while participating in a dynamic, often oppressive environment.

Dr Monty Soutar
Professor Mason Durie

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