Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Unemployment to June 2015

Slight increase in Aotearoa NZ unemployment rate (to 5.9% from 5.8%), with Maori figures unchanged...

While NZ compares reasonably in the OECD, if Maori were a country ...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Maori Economy 'updated'...

BERL have updated their snapshot of the Maori economy in Te Ōhanga Māori 2013 and now interpret the Maori asset base at 42.6 billion paua, up from the 2010 figure of 36.9 billion paua...

  The primary sector still dominates, as might be expected...

The geographic distribution is interesting, with Te Puka o te Ika dominating...

The Report is interesting for many reasons, not least as a reflection of how Pakeha measure us as citizens contributing to the wider NZ economy. (I'll leave aside the obvious irony in much of this economy originating with the dispossession of Maori land and marginalisation of Maori from decision-making...).

There's a lot to say about this report, and I'll dig a little deeper this week.

One very interesting comment: assets are only truly valuable if they contribute to wellbeing.

Another very interesting thing is that the release of this report is pretty much unannounced...

We not sexy any more?!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dairy sector insights from ANZ...

Interesting report just out from ANZ, their 'Privately-owned Business Barometer' which included Maori dairy sector in their research...

While useful for the insights that a major NZ bank has into an significant part of our economy, I see a positive for the Maori dairy sector (which I am often a little cynical about;) as the ANZ find that 'the level of optimism expressed by farmers about the future of the dairy industry depended on how far into the future they looked' (p. 4). For our Maori dairy operators, many will have a much longer time frame for strategic thinking than Pakeha if the land being farmed is whanau or tribal land.

The report also finds an large number of respondents are incorporating environmental issues into their planning and management:

Unfortunately the report does not disaggregate Maori data from non-Maori (though I'm sure have a steadily growing portfolio of research on us!).

A copy of the report can be found here

Updated with link to thread

Friday, June 12, 2015

'Maori Economy' grab bag...

Text Box: Māori Television
Māori Television (press release)
He Mangōpare Amohia: Strategies for Māori Economic Development details the findings of Te Tupunga Māori Economic Development Research ...
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Twitter (press release)
Conference provides opportunity to showcase Māori research ... Zealand's top research science companies and leading figures in the Māori economy.
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Text Box:
Crown research institutes are looking for better ways to engage with leading figures in the Maori economy. The seven CRIs and Callaghan Innovation ...
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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Changes afoot at FOMA...

The Federation of Maori Authorities (FOMA) is pledging to restore is financial health and look to 'key members' to support a three-year development programme and by paying more to the organisation it its goal of supporting Maori economic development.

FOMA Chair Traci Houpapa, said that unforseen legal costs of $200,000 through challenging the Crown Forest Rental Trust appointment process and the Ture Whenua Maori review, 'while both were important cases' were 'unplanned and not budgeted for'. This has hit the organisation's cash-flow.

I was at last year's AGM in my hometown of Whanganui and was struck by the low turnout - much lower than the Taupo AGM of a few years ago - and the decline in membership fees (i.e., less members).

I recall government (and FOMA) being highly critical of the Maori Council at the time [synopsis of the case here], mainly - it seems - because of the expense of court action.

As Te Kooti said:

... Ma Ta ture ano te ture e aki,” 

 Only the law can be pitted against the law...

Simon Lambert

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