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Colin Knox

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

Citation

Thesis Title
Whakapumau Te Mauri: Values-based Maori Organisations.

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Dr Knox investigated various factors influencing Mäori land based organisations, and, in particular, the obstacles to successful land development since the introduction of the Treaty of Waitangi. His research revealed that while there have been enormous changes in the laws, which affect the ability of Mäori to govern and manage assets along traditional whänau and hapü lines, the values and preferred behaviours held by Mäori today have not changed significantly. In many cases, this misalignment between the traditional values of shareholders and the legislated models for the governance and management of their assets has contributed to mistrust and dissatisfaction between shareholders, and between shareholders and those managing their assets. The research showed that even in the case of a serious breakdown, re-identifying and committing to the old values could result in rapid improvement, and the introduction of successful governance and management models more aligned with tikanga tuku iho.

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