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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 43: Ngai Tahu: The New Zealand Success Story in Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Charlotte Paulin

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


Charlotte Paulin Introduction While indigenous groups around the world aspire to equalise their people’s depressed socioeconomic status to a standard akin to the first world, there is minimal evidence of the realisation of such an ambition in today’s society. In general, indigenous people are less educated, are concentrated in the lower income brackets, are more likely to be unemployed and thus have greater dependence on social welfare. The plight of indigenous people is common throughout the world: Indians in Canada, Aborigines in Australia and Maori in New Zealand all suffer from inferior standards of living in comparison to the remainder of their country’s population (Manuel and Posluns, 1974). Frideres (1983) suggests that indigenous peoples’ struggle for survival is due to a struggle for identity. In the early nineteenth century, numerous facets of indigenous culture and traditional behaviour were forfeited in favour of colonial influences that offered new behavioural norms. However colonisation led to the ultimate devastation of indigenous culture and a loss of control for its people. La Violette (1973) reasons that, for any ethnic group to be able to survive, it must be able to assert control over its fate. Thus, in order for indigenous people to be able to develop economically, they must have full, uninhibited rights to control their lands, their people and their resources. Considerable land and resources were lost as a result of colonisation, ultimately leading to the depressed socioeconomic circumstances of indigenous people today. In order for improvements to be seen...

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