Māori Resilience

Issues relating to the endurance and resilience of Maori

New article: Indigenous communities and disaster research

This article presents insights into the impacts on Maori of the Christchurch 2010-11 earthquakes. Three topics are discussed. The first is the role of Indigenous Knowledge in disasters. If such knowledge is to be integrated with Western science to build societal resilience, which systems are these integration processes building the resilience of, and for whom?…

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Waka Huia podcast

Nina Buxton (Ngati Ruapani ki Waikaremoana) is adamant that the future lies in remembering our past. In this short podcast, Aunty Nina talks about her early years in Tuai, Waikaremoana. Her daughter Ange and mokopuna Tuirina compose and sing beautiful waiata. All are heavily involved in ensuring that Maori traditions continue to feature in building…

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Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction webpage

A group I’ve been working with for the past year and a bit has just published a webpage on our work. We have a number of case studies from around the world… Check out the webpage at this link: http://indigenousknowledgenetwork.org/who-we-are/

Reports on post-disaster Maori mental health support networks…

A two year project looking at how support networks for Maori mental health clients worked through the 2010-11 earthquakes in Christchurch has led to two important reports. The first – Kia Manawaroa 2015 – collates the personal experiences of Tangata Whaiora (a Maori term for mental health clients) through the devastating earthquakes that struck their city….

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Policy instruments for Indigenous Peoples and Disaster Risk Reduction A Case Study of Māori participation in Disaster and Emergency Management, Aotearoa New Zealand

New working paper on the wider policy landscape in which Indigenous Peoples can strategise for disaster risk reduction (DRR) into the future. This report examines how Indigenous Peoples can interpret, frame, and implement DRR strategies. The approach is to first review the international policy arena, particularly the various United Nations programmes then investigate how Māori participate…

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Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

The recent Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan, has released its Framework for Action for the next 15 years. Intentions are for a ‘broader and a more people-centred preventive approach to disaster risk. Disaster risk reduction practices need to be multi-hazard and multisectoral…

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Taku marae e…

A report from Stats NZ gives insight into the continued importance of our marae Most Māori know their ancestral marae, connect to it through visiting, and want to go more often Te Kupenga results showed more than half (62 percent) had been to their ancestral marae at some time in their lives and around one-third…

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2014 Reflection

Recently I was invited onto a panel to reflect on the earthquake research we have been doing since, well,m the earthquake started! I mentioned three things. The first is the spontaneous attention given to disaster in our work as our attention on this began with the event, right? Without the February 20122 earthquake, I wouldn’t…

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New website

I’ve built a new website as a location for our work on Maori Resilience. It includes all our work on the Christchurch earthquakes, plus the work of peers and colleagues, updates on the National Science Challenges (particularly the Resilience to Natures Risks theme), and international projects that are connected to wider Indigenous development. Link to…

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Special MAI Journal issue on Maori Resilience

Just published free and online by Nga Pae o te Maramatanga’s MAI (Maori and Indigenous) Journal along with five other teams researching the concept of resilience for Maori. In my article, titled “Maori and the Christchurch Earthquakes: the interplay between Indigenous endurance and resilience through urban disaster” – I discuss the challenges for urban Indigenous…

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