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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
MP Willie Jackson launches seminal analysis of Maori in the economy
Willie Jackson launches seminal analysis of Māori in the economy in Parliament
and well-known economist Brian Easton says Heke Tangata — the companion
to the recently published Urban Māori: The Second Great Migration — is a
deep dive into how far Māori have come economically since the Second World War.
who has written extensively on New Zealand’s economy, history and society, said
he was rapt when approached by Waipareira CEO John Tamihere to write this book.
the years I have done a lot of work on Māori at the invitation of Māori. I have
also done a lot of work on Māori independently of any invitation, which
perforce had to be buried in the main narrative. When John asked me to bring it
all together, I was thrilled. I couldn’t believe my luck.”
can be broadly translated as ‘migration of the people’. In the book Easton
tracks the major relocations Māori have made into the cities and market economy
Urban Māori: The Second Great Migration covered the post-war Māori
experience, Heke Tangata gives the statistical basis covering criminal
justice, demography, education, employment, health, housing, incomes and
concludes: “Māori may have successfully navigated the second great migration,
but they are a generation behind the Pakeha population in economic terms. I
hope readers will admire the enormous achievement of the Māori transition in
the post-war era. The big takeaway may be that the next 50 years will be
another great challenge for Māoridom.”
Tamihere, who commissioned both Urban Māori: The Second Great Migration,
and Heke Tangata, said it was vital the voices and economic struggles of
families who moved to the city be told in both cultural and economic terms.
as with all indigenous populations around the world are disproportionately
represented and seemingly locked in at the bottom of every socioeconomic
indicator. Brian’s work, first documented in the report ‘Māori Meets the
Market’ and now published as Heke Tangata, goes a long way in explaining
the economic context of Māori post the Second World War.”
Tangata was launched at Parliament by Employment and Associate Maori Affairs Minister
Willie Jackson at a breakfast event on Tuesday 15 May 2018.
Tangata: Māori in Markets and Cities
Brian Easton, published by Oratia Books, for Te Whānau o Waipareira ISBN: