Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Navigating Maori Futures
In his latest book, Ngā Tini Whetū: Navigating Māori Futures, Mason Durie makes publicly available twenty-five of his thought-provoking papers that he has presented at various conferences in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the USA between 2004 and 2010.
The papers cover a wide range of topics but are primarily about Māori journeys and indigenous aspirations in a rapidly changing society and in a world that has become increasingly complex yet, ironically more accessible. He explores the potential futures for Māori and discusses Māori moving towards a future involving new technologies, alliances, economies and, given current trends, the issues and opportunities that lie ahead.
The book was launched in the wharenui at Te Aute College, Pukehou in Central Hawkes Bay which Mason attended in the 1950s and where he has now been appointed to the board.
About the author:
Mason Durie (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa) is professor of Māori research and development, and assistant vice-chancellor (Māori) at Massey University and is one of New Zealand’s most respected policy experts. With a background in psychiatry spanning over thirty years, he has published widely both within New Zealand and internationally, mainly on topics of health, education and models for indigenous self-determination.