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Panel 19: Māori landscapes and culturescapes


Marama Muru-Lanning

Session presentation

The social, economic and political landscape within Aotearoa-New Zealand is undergoing profound transformation as Māori become increasingly vocal and involved in decision-making processes. The Treaty settlement process of the past 30 years has provided an impetus for increasing participation through recognition and redress for historical wrongs. And while the notion of a ‘settlement’ is highly problematic in terms of fairness and durability there has nonetheless been a significant transformation in the political and social landscape as Māori play a greater role in determining their own futures and well-being. As a result, it may be that Māori never go through such fundamental transformation again.
The panel will address contemporary Māori issues and the ways in which Māori are addressing their needs and their future directions. Issues to be discussed include natural resource ‘ownership’, rapid demographic change, urbanisation and identities and representation. Our panel welcomes abstracts that focus on changes taking place within Aotearoa-New Zealand, Māori responses to change and the ways in which some Māori are capitalizing on those changes.

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