Monday, September 15, 2014

Indigenous Peoples and urban disaster: Māori responses to the 2010-12 Christchurch earthquakes

We've just published another article from our research into how Maori were impacted by the earthquakes in Christchurch over the past 3 years. In this article I argue that although Indigenous Peoples retain traditional coping strategies for disasters despite their frequent marginalisation, Indigenous communities are increasingly urban and away from their traditional territories. I go on to describe the impacts on and response of Māori to the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2012 through analyses of available statistical data and reports, and interviews done six months and then 14-16 months after the most damaging event, noting that a significant difference between Māori and ‘mainstream’ New Zealand is the greater mobility enacted by Māori throughout this period. I reiterate that Maori organisations deployed resources beyond their traditional catchments throughout the disaster, including important support for non-Māori. Relationships between local and non-local Indigenous individuals and collectives may be problematic in general development contexts and the post-disaster landscape in particular. This emphasises the need for informed engagement with Indigenous communities which would enable more efficient disaster responses in many countries.

A PDF of the article can be download here

Monday, August 11, 2014

Deprivation in Otautahi/Christchurch post-disaster

Interesting research by University of Otago academics showing the change in wealth across the city in the post-disaster landscape...

A little spooky having the graphic, 'Look mummy, there's our house...', and The Press article noting how many Maserati's have been sold in the city (12) is somewhat insulting, but yet more confirmation that for Maori in the city, life is a struggle.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

Maori well-being post-disaster

The latest CERA Well-being Survey - the fourth since the big one - shows Maori are still less likely to rate their lives in the city post-disaster as positive:

Despite the ongoing trumpeting of a 'resilient' community, Maori now worse off than October 2012.

Hard rain is falling...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Other Maori CoRE bid...

Most korero about the CORE rebid process this year has been the failure of the Nga Pae bid to get shortlisted. This was positioned as the only Maori CoRE bid, and therefore doubly important.

I've seen the full list and note there was another bid, from AUT, on 'endangered language revitalisation'. The short blurb argues we have particular experience in this to which I would say ae, just like our preservation of endangered birds where we wait until we're down to a few knackered breeding pairs and force them to mate...

Heio ano, they didn't get through either. Curious there was so little confab about this in the wash-up.
Simon Lambert

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