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Planting seeds of enterprise: Understanding Māori perspectives on the economic application of flora and fauna in Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Léo‐Paul Dana (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)
Waata Hipango Jr (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 16 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to add to the understanding of Māori perspectives pertaining to the economic application of New Zealand's flora and fauna.

Design/methodology/approach

The body of literature consulted was a combination of works written about Rongoā Māori (Māori medicine) and Māori perspectives on the stewardship and management of New Zealand's natural resources. Empirical findings were obtained from focus groups and an interview with a practitioner of Rongoā Māori. All interviews were semi‐structured.

Findings

The findings indicate that Māori enterprise involving indigenous flora and fauna is likely to be community based; with a proportion of these being non‐profit in nature. The transmission and protection of traditional knowledge regarding the use of plants is a key issue. Māori iwi (tribes) would benefit from further research into their models of community‐based entrepreneurship.

Practical implications

The paper would be useful for academics considering further exploration of Māori participation in the bio‐economy.

Originality/value

The paper is an exploratory study that has captured some Māori perspectives regarding the use of indigenous flora and fauna.

Keywords

Citation

Dana, L. and Hipango, W. (2011), "Planting seeds of enterprise: Understanding Māori perspectives on the economic application of flora and fauna in Aotearoa (New Zealand)", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 199-211. https://doi.org/10.1108/17506201111156670

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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