November 12, 2018
Academics to boost Māori Council policy
The New Zealand Māori Council has enlisted an international think tank to help it assess and develop social policy.
It has signed a research partnership with Massey University's Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation, or CARE.
Council chair Sir Taihakurei Durie says many of the models used in corrections, justice, health, education, housing and other government agencies are not working for Māori and fail to take into account how Māori families and communities live and operate.
The council has implemented a new structure of policy development through the creation of ground up social policy portfolios inclusive of Māori from across the nation with both lived and professional experience.
Professor Mohan Dutta from CARE says political, economic, and social disenfranchisement are often rooted in the lack of recognition of communities as decision-makers.
The result is policies that reinforce inequity.
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