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WAI-262 Public Seminar

Organised by the MBUS 401 Students

Wednesday, 14 September 2011, 17:30-20:30

Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House (RH LT2)

Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus

You have heard the politician's opinion of the report. Now it is time to hear from the people themselves. Practitioners have been invited to give their opinion on various chapters within the report.

The WAI-262 Claim on indigenous flora and fauna and Maori cultural and intellectual property rights was lodged 20 years ago, and the Waitangi Tribunal hearings were completed in 2007. The Waitangi Tribunal has just released their comprehensive report on WAI-262 titled 'Ko Aotearoa Tenei' but what did the Tribunal say and are their recommendations going to resolve the issues? Did the Tribunal get it right? With a view to the future, this seminar provides an opportunity for expert speakers and participants to engage in a discussion on the many challenges and opportunities WAI-262 presents for matauranga Maori, resource management, and other legal, political, cultural and economic issues.

Maori business senior lecturer Aroha Mead will introduce the report, giving a brief overview.

Ta moko expert Mark Kopua and editor Ata Te Kanawa will speak on Chapter One: Intellectual Property and Taonga Works. The Tribunal uses the term 'Taonga Works' to refer to artistic and cultural works that are significant to Maori culture or identity. This includes haka, ta moko, mateatea, korowai, whakairo, or any other artistic or cultural work.

Anne Haira (Associate, Kensington-Swan) will speak on Chapter Three: Relationship with the Environment. This chapter focuses on kaitiaki relationships with the environment, and how these are managed under New Zealand's resource management laws.

Relationships with the environment are fundamental to the Maori culture. Every iwi and hapu sees itself as related through whakapapa to the landforms, waterways, flora, fauna and other parts of the environment within their tribal areas. These parts of the environment are taonga, for which iwi and hapu are obliged to act as kaitiaki. They have inherited knowledge relating to these taonga, explaining their whakapapa relationship and their kaitiaki obligations. This kaitiaki obligation is a form of law, controlling the relationships between people and the environment. Kaitiaki relationships are also important sources of iwi and hapu identity.

Te Whe Phillips (Te Rananga o Ngai Tahu) will speak on Chapter Six: When the Crown Controls Matauranga Maori. This chapter relates to Crown agencies that have core responsibilities for New Zealand's (including Maori) culture, heritage, education, and science.

Matauranga Maori is Maori knowledge. This includes Maori language, science and technology, laws, history, systems of property and value exchange, and rituals and ceremonies. It also includes forms of expression such as art forms like weaving, carving, ta moko, haka, whaikarero, and so on. But, more fundamentally, it incorporates core Maori cultural values. Of these, the defining principle of matauranga Maori is whanaungatanga, or kinship - the philosophy that explains the intimate relationships between iwi and hapu and the natural world. Another core value is that of kaitiakitanga, or cultural guardianship - the system of law through which iwi and hapu are obliged to nurture and care for taonga (treasured things).

Moana Jackson will speak on Chapter Eight: The Making of International Instruments. This chapter relates to the processes by which the Crown engages with Maori when it is developing New Zealand's position on international instruments (such as treaties and declarations) that affect Maori culture, identity and traditional knowledge.

International instruments are arrangements between sovereign states, including agreements, treaties, conventions, declarations, and so on. Some are legally binding, while others - such as United Nations declarations - are non-binding but still have political or moral force.

Carwyn Jones, (Lecturer Victoria University School of Law) will conclude our speakers with a summary of some of the issues raised.

There will be time at the end for the audience to ask questions.

  • Light refreshments will be served from 5:00pm.
  • If you are interested in attending please RSVP: luisa.acheson@vuw.ac.nz (for catering purposes).
  • This event is sponsored by Victoria University, The Ministry of Education, The Wellington City Council and Kahui Legal.

Wai 262 Invitation Poster

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The Future of the Commons

Friday, August 5 2011, 8:30am - 11:00am

Location: Hunter Council Chambers, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University

Aroha Mead from Victoria Management School will be participating with Nobel Economics Laureate Elinor Ostrom, beaming in by video link to us in Wellington will discuss non selfish behaviour and what we can learn about resilient societies.

Professor Elinor Ostrom - Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences

In the face of a globalised ;tragedy of the commons ecological crisis driven by exploitative use of the natural world for short term economic gain what are the most urgent individual and collective responses that need to be made in order to avert full scale human tragedy and build resilience? Nobel Laureate Professor Elinor Ostrom will address the future of the commons in the context of the 2011 Dialogues with Tomorrow discussion series. Response to Professor Ostrom will be lead by Rod Oram and Aroha Mead.

Professor Ostrom is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Economics. Her research on the commons has challenged the conventional wisdom that common property is poorly managed and should be either regulated by central authorities or privatized. (The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences). She is based at Indiana University Bloomington.

Rod Oram is a business journalist and Trustee of The Hikurangi Foundation.

Aroha Te Pareake Mead is the global Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economics and Social Policy and a Senior Lecturer in Maori Business, Victoria Management School, VUW.

The event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, The Hikurangi Foundation and the American Embassy.

NB: the timing of the event accommodates the time difference to Indiana, USA


More Like Ourselves:

Best Practices For Indigenous Tourism

Dr Alexis Celeste Bunten

Toihuarewa - Visiting Indigenous Fellow

Friday, 29 July 2011, 13:30 - 14:30,

followed by refreshments kindly sponsored by the Office of the PVC Maori.

RWW501, Level 5, West Wing Railway Station, Pipitea Campus

Maori Business and Tourism Management are pleased to present the following seminar:

Tourism is often posed as an economic panacea for communities whose traditional ways of life have been compromised by the dominant societies to which they belong. Indigenous communities have responded to this opportunity in innovative ways that set them apart from their non-Indigenous predecessors and competitors. Drawing from a range of case studies in the US, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and beyond, this presentation compares business models for Indigenous tourism through best practices rooted in Indigenous value systems.

Alexis Celeste Bunten is a senior researcher for the FrameWorks Institute, a non-profit organization that uses cognitive science to forward communications for social change. She is also the project ethnographer for IPinCH, Intellectual Property in Cultural Heritage, housed at Simon Fraser University. She earned a BA in Art History at Dartmouth College, an MA/Ph.D. in Anthropology at University of California Los Angeles, and completed postdoctoral work at University of California Berkeley and Santa Cruz. She is a core member (and former co-chair) of the University of California Berkeley's Tourism Studies Working Group.

Seating is limited and available on a first come first served basis.

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Marae at the Sharing Power conference

'Sharing Power' conference promotes new conservation ethic

Ideas for a new conservation ethic were high on the agenda at an international conference organised by a Victoria staff member.

Aroha Mead, Senior Lecturer in Maori Business from Victoria Management School (also Chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy), was conference organiser for the multi-disciplinary conference 'Sharing Power: A New Vision for Development'.

Two hundred participants from 43 countries came together for four days in Whakatane recently.

"The conference charted the complex landscape of international initiatives relating to conservation, sustainable development and human rights," says Ms Mead.

"There were more than 80 presentations, which highlighted that indigenous and community involvement in conservation can bring highly constructive social and cultural outcomes as well as conservation benefits, and that a new conservation ethic needs to be promoted to include social and cultural human rights, equity and governance issues."

Another major strand of the conference explored "re-thinking economics" and indicators of progress as well as the role of macroeconomics in sustainable development. Key outcomes of the conference will be published in a special edition of the peer-reviewed journal Policy Matters.

Among the participants were scientists, economists, indigenous leaders, environmentalists, academics, policy makers in national governments and international agencies, as well as other interested parties.

Keynote speakers included Elinor Ostrom (winner of the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences), Ashok Khosla (President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Commission and Co-President of the Club of Rome) and Winona La Duke (Ojibway indigenous development expert and former US Vice-Presidential candidate).

The conference was a partnership between two global organisations/networks - the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, and two Maori (indigenous) organisations, Te Rananga o Ngati Awa (a tribal authority) and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi (a tribal university). It was also supported by the Maori Business programme at Victoria Management School, as well as by Toihuarewa.

Aroha MeadWinona La Duke

Aroha Mead Winona La Duke

Ashok Khosla

Elinor Ostrom

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Opening Wharewaka 'Fan Zone' Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC2011)

Waitangi Day in Wellington was marked by the opening of the Wharewaka to house two historic Maori waka (canoes), and be a centrepiece for Rugby World Cup celebrations.

The rugby village base would be the first major use of the new facility, expected to be completed by early 2011.

The Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, Wellington Tenths Trust, Palmerston North Maori Reserve Trust and the Council are contributing more than $4m to the Wharewaka construction, with $7m coming from the Government.

Sir Ngatata Love, Professor at Victoria Management School and chairman of the Wharewaka o Poneke Charitable Trust, is delighted at the possibility of using the Wharewaka to inform and entertain during RWC 2011.

'The Wharewaka will be a special place, visible and accessible for everyone, locals and visitors alike. What better way to showcase Wellington's rich history than by using the building as the centrepiece of Wellington's contribution to this global event?'

For full publication see below link:

Wellington City Council

Speeches at the Dawn Ceremony Waitangi Day

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