To what extent are principles of kaupapa Māori reflected in the current practices of Māori mediators in Aotearoa? : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Business Studies in Management at Massey University, Manawatū, New Zealand

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In the current practice of mediation as a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) within Aotearoa there has been very little research conducted into principles of kaupapa Māori and how these concepts are reflected in the practice of mediation in Aotearoa. Indeed, almost all my studies completed through Massey University’s Dispute Resolution Centre within the Massey Business School have been based on research from a Euro- Centric perspective. This gap in current mediation research is the main motivator in designing the following as my research question: “To what extent are Principles of Kaupapa Māori reflected in the current practices of Mediators in New Zealand?” In addressing this question this paper intends to contribute to mediation literature by investigating principles of kaupapa Māori within the current mediation process practiced in New Zealand. It will seek to address if kaupapa Māori principles of Whakapapa, Whanaungatanga, Mana, and Tapu are prevalent within a mediation process and to what extent. Existing literature is scarce on this topic however some reliance will be placed on Tomas & Quinces’ (2007) contribution to Spillers Dispute Resolution in New Zealand as well as comparisons with literature in the restorative justice field and mediation and indigenous dispute resolution writings Semi-structured interviews of 10 currently practicing Māori mediators have been undertaken to assist in answering the research question. Results were presented as participant narratives where seven themes were analysed and presented to demonstrate how Māori principles and practices can enhance the mediation process.
Dispute resolution (Law), New Zealand, Mediation, Maori (New Zealand people), Services for, Mediators (Persons), Interviews, Whakatau take, Whakapapa, Whanaungatanga, Mana, Tapu, Māori Masters Thesis