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Title: The demographic and political imperatives for improving Crown-Maori relations in Aotearoa-New Zealand
Authors: Kersey, Harry A.
LC Subject Headings: Maori (New Zealand people) - Population
Maori (New Zealand people) - Government relations
Indigenous peoples - New Zealand
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Series/Report no.: AsiaPacific issues ; no. 64
Abstract: Nearly a decade has passed since the United Nations declared International Year of the World's Indigenous People. Yet issues of social and economic marginalization, inequality, cultural survival, and change related to indigenous peoples continue to challenge the global community. In Aotearoa-New Zealand the Pakeha (Caucasian) settler population for many decades dominated the political landscape, leaving little voice for the nation's indigenous Maori people struggling for greater rights. Today, however, the growing Maori population makes New Zealand the only First World country in which the indigenous people's movement for self-determination is sufficiently large to promise the possibility of major societal transformations. Over the past quarter century, regardless of which political party or coalition held power, escalating Maori demographic trends and increased political activism have encouraged the Crown to address Maori concerns and grievances. Today, with one out of four children under the age of five a Maori, the government has little option but to negotiate with a growing indigenous community.
Description: For more about the East-West Center, see http://www.eastwestcenter.org/
Pages/Duration: 8 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3854
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