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The Call of the Kereru: The Question of Customary Use

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Title:The Call of the Kereru: The Question of Customary Use
Authors:Weaver, Sean
Keywords:customary use
indigenous peoples
New Zealand
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LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals.
Date Issued:1997
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation:Weaver, S. 1997. The Call of the Kereru: The Question of Customary Use. The Contemporary Pacific 9 (2): 383-98.
Abstract:The debate concerning the customary use of indigenous wildlife has recently
brought conservation into the arena of race relations and cross-cultural negotiation
in New Zealand. Mâori people are reclaiming rights to harvest traditional
food sources as part of a current project of cultural revival. Indigenous bird species,
which form part of this traditional diet, are legally protected, and as such, a
conflict has arisen between Mâori communities and (predominantly European)
environmentalists. Effective conservation of indigenous bird populations requires
a commitment by both Mâori and Pâkehâ alike to ensure the survival and flourishing
of such birds and their habitats. Cooperation in conservation management
is unlikely to occur if Mâori people are continually denied access to engage in
traditional practices. Customary forms of conservation, within the cultural framework
of healthy Mâori communities, can conceivably operate in association with
modern conservation management. However, this will only become possible if
Mâori people are able to engage in and control the use of their own traditional
resources, thereby enhancing such communities and necessitating the conservation
of cultural treasures.
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 1997 - Volume 9, Number 2

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