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International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship

International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship

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Edited by Léo-Paul Dana and Robert B. Anderson

The comprehensive and thoroughly accessible International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship aims to develop a multidisciplinary theory explaining entrepreneurship as a function of cultural perceptions of opportunity. The Handbook presents a multitude of fascinating, superbly illustrated studies on the facets of entrepreneurship amongst indigenous peoples.

Chapter 42: Kaupapa Maori Entrepreneurship

Ella Henry

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, development studies, development economics, economics and finance, development economics


Ella Henry Introduction Maori figure amongst the worst social statistics in present-day New Zealand society. For much of the last 20 years, research has focused on the disparities between Maori and nonMaori. However the recent development of Kaupapa Maori research (by, with and for Maori) has begun to investigate those paradigms and models that are delivering positive outcomes for Maori in education, research and (more recently) business and community development. This chapter explores some of the tribal initiatives that offer the potential for business and community development, which delivers both economic and political sovereignty to a colonised, indigenous people. This chapter will look first at traditional Maori society, and how it was affected by contact with the outside world, and what effects this had on the burgeoning arena of Maori entrepreneurship. These impacts will be broken down into three phases: First Contact (1642–1840), Colonisation (1840–1970) and the Maori Renaissance (1970 onwards). We will trace the negative impacts of colonisation, in terms of social indicators, and discuss the role that the Maori Renaissance has played in revitalising Maori language, culture and identity, while reinvigorating Maori worldview, as encapsulated by the Kaupapa Maori paradigm. Finally we will look at some of the recent Kaupapa Maori Entrepreneurial initiatives that are delivering community development opportunities, while nurturing the sense of self-determination, and validating Maori aspirations, economically and politically. First contact Maori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, having arrived in the group of islands as part of...

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