Māori Engagement in New Zealand’s Extractive Industry

In recent years New Zealand has seen a sharp increase in Extractive Industry (oil, gas and mining) projects. The New Zealand government is strongly supportive of investment in the extractives sector and recently adopted a new code to manage industry in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone. 

At the same time, there have been high profile demonstrations against mining by environmental groups and iwi/hapū. It is clear, too, that some iwi have been working with industry, particularly in Taranaki. Others have sought a treaty interest in petroleum. 

Whakatipu Rawa Mā Ngā Uri Whakatipu

The challenge for Māori carrying out development is to determine how to balance the drivers of a neo-liberal economic approach with the very ideals and principles that define us as Māori to ensure quality social and environmental outcomes for future generations. Through a previous NPM research project "Whakatipu rawa mā ngā uri whakatipu" the team has developed a prototype decision-making framework for collective assets, which takes into account well-being indices, tikanga Māori and financial measures.