October 28, 2013
New book to fire Maori mining debate
Maori who want to take part in mining, or who want to oppose it, have a new resource to draw on.
The University of Otago’s School of Business is today launcing a new book, Maori and Mining, which highlights the issues and challenges of mining in Aotearoa, and its impact on Maori communities and iwi.
The authors include associate law professor Jacinta Ruru, Dr Lynette Carter from Te Tumu – School of Maori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies, Dr Diane Ruwhiu from the Department of Management and others.
They say there is no single view of how Maori should respond to the prospect of mining.
Maori have responded to the issue of mining in three main ways:
– as an economic opportunity, provided that there are environmental safeguards;
– as a discussion around Treaty rights;
– or as an environmental issue requiring strong opposition in order to carry out traditional and enduring relationships with Papatuanuku, Tangaroa and future generations.
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