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Melissa Cragg

Doctor of Philosophy, (Maori Studies)
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
The application of custom to contemporary Maori resource development.

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Ms Cragg explored the interface between customary and contemporary approaches to resource management in Aotearoa/New Zealand. A case study approach was adopted to highlight the use of Maori custom (tikanga) within statutes and policies for land, fisheries, rivers and foreshore/seabed in modern times. An outcome of the study is a framework that considers Maori values and practices alongside Western views and perspectives. This Framework will contribute to improving the sustainable use of natural resources through the development of more effective strategies, policies and planning. It will also provide a platform for mediating between Maori custom and the legal assumptions that underpin resource management in modern times.

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