August 09, 2013
Waipareira shares success story with PNG prime minister
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill, and members of his cabinet are meeting today with West Auckland social services trust Te Whānau ō Waipareira.
Waipareira Chief Executive John Tamihere says Mr O’Neill has a massive mandate for change, and he is making progress on addressing the island nation’s problems.
He says the Papua New Guineans have a lot of tribal people moving in to their cities, so they are keen to learn how Māori responded to urbanisation.
They are also looking for solutions that reflect indigenous world views.
"They have major problems in health, welfare, education and justice like us, but they've had a gutsful of Australians walking in over there and telling them what to do, how to do it and when they leave, they leave nothing behind, so they are looking at other options and other people to partner up with, to do business with," Mr Tamihere says.
Waipareira is expecting an increase in the number of foreign groups coming to look at Māori intellectual property.
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