Maori have always sought to carefully manage the natural environment – to ensure
the sustainability of resources and the well-being of future generations. The dynamic
nature of any culture provides flexibility for growth and development, so that new
challenges can be faced with assurance and that dynamic and meaningful solutions
can be found. This concept of flexibility and willingness to embrace change has been
a feature of Maori culture and is documented throughout Maori history and within
korero purakau. Therefore the requirement to embrace contemporary approaches to
resource management has not been resisted. However, the desire to align traditional
concepts with contemporary resource management conventions has at times been met
with opposition and disapproval. This, despite the fact that the two world views have
much in common and are not necessarily inconsistent with each other.
‘The Application of Custom to Contemporary Maori Resource Development’ is both
the title of the thesis and the name given to the framework which it describes. The
framework is a tool for future resource management that provides three levels of
information. First, it identifies the resources where customary and contemporary
methodology is currently being utilised. Second, it outlines the alignment and
synergies that exist, and finally, it identifies barriers to the amalgamation and
integration of both approaches.
The framework by itself will not address all the complex issues associated with Maori
resource management; there are many other considerations that are beyond the scope
of this thesis that would need to be dealt with in order to achieve that outcome.
However, the framework does provide a mechanism through which Maori values and
practices can be considered alongside Western views and perspectives.
The Framework will contribute to the development of more effective strategies,
policies and planning. Thus, ‘The Application of Custom to Contemporary Maori
Resource Development’ will contribute to improving the sustainable utilisation of