Tapsell, P., & Woods, C., (2008), Potikitanga: Indigenous Entrepreneurship in a Maori Context, Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Community, 2(3) INTBUS705 Assessment One Jess Maher [ARTICLE SUMMARY]
Indigenous People in Modern Societies Maori are Warriors Similar principles of land ownership 1642 initially saw harmonious commence & trade between Maori & Crown Comparatively, what is unique about Maori as an indigenous community? “Cook's arrival offered immediate benefits, both for the weary European travellers and for the Maori in New Zealand. Both parties, eager to capitalise on the opportunities offered by the arrival of the newcomers, traded material items, ideas, values and worldly information with each other….” BBC History Article, Colonising Aoteroa
Indigenous Entrepreneurship in a Maori Context Maori Social Organisation Royal Commercial Development “Crown” Originated in England Adventurer (explorer) Gold, Land Ownership Individualist focus? (indications that nuclear family units were counted as such; “man & his family”) Entrepreneur Tribal Commercial Development “Kingdom” Originated in Polynesia Potikitanga (youth) Access to resources, Marae Collectivist focus Rangitira:Potiki Dynamic representing the delicate balance between Elders (Rangiti) & Youth (Potiki) Mauipreneur British Colonisers “Crown” Some strong compatible differences and similarities between the two groups (Maori & British Colonisers) - ideas of trade & commerce aligned somewhat
Maori were at least considered to hold some ownership right over land at least initially...
Sir George Grey & Stories of Maui Critical understanding of Maori social organisation & the rangititra:potiki leadership tension- exploited for gain NgaMahi a ngaTupuna (The Deeds of the Ancestors), collected by Sir George Grey Spoke Maori & had “mana” Recognisied the importance of Maui and later the indigenous models of entrepreneurship in Maori context recognmised significance of balance Hauhauism, Disassociation of Urbanite Maori, Single Mindedness permeated Maui & His brothers capture the sun Statute preserved in Te Papa Museum
Complimentary Dualisms driven & balanced social order Maori Social Structure Collective nature of kin accountability Underlines by dualism and balance of principles fundamental to Maori: Potiki (youth) are balanced by the Rangaita (elders) by definition of social order