A Look Ahead: 2018 Research Priorities

Kia ora and welcome to Part 2 of my January Update!  Part 1, discussing my published writing over the past three months is here, and Part 3 discussing my new job and the implications of this on my writing for Ka Tōnuitanga and The Spinoff will follow shortly.

Each year I set goals that are in alignment with my overall life aspirations.  One such aspiration is to deepen my knowledge on Māori development and legal issues and to contribute to the combined knowledge of Māori.  2017 was very much a sabbatical year, where I prioritised lifestyle and travel over other aspirations.  The break was needed after a demanding 2016 which saw the completion of my LLM research on Māori Sovereignty.  Looking ahead to 2018, I am re-engaging with a research plan broadly based around three themes:

  • Māori Development
  • Rights under Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Māori Sovereignty

Each of these themes correspond to specific research that I have undertaken previously and that I wish to expand upon in 2018.  My Honours programme at Law School focused on Māori economic development; specifically around Māori Land Development and the then plans to reform Te Ture Whenua Māori and the Māori Trustee.  As a lawyer, my focus shifted to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the progression of claims by various hapū groups in Whanganui, Maniapoto, and Ngāpuhi before the Waitangi Tribunal.  And, more recently, I undertook a deep dive into issues of Māori and Indigenous sovereignty through the completion of a LLM.

My plan for 2018 is to take a general, but focused, approach to learning and understanding more about these topics.  And to share with you my research and thinking throughout the year as it develops.  This is a life long journey of learning and exploration and 2018 is a step along this path.  I have set for myself a soft goal of writing a draft manuscript for a book on one of these three topics.  This is likely to take the form of draft chapters collated on Ka Tōnuitanga.

Central to this will be a thorough reading of some of the outstanding Māori texts on the subjects, alongside a review of overseas literature on, in particular, indigenous economic development and indigenous sovereignty.  We have a lot to learn on these issues from our indigenous relations around the world and I expect this to be a very fruitful resource over the course of 2018.

I have set out my reading list below.  Please send through any suggestions!

  • Hikoi: 40 Years of Māori Protest
  • The Struggle for Māori Fishing Rights
  • Ngā Iwi o Tainui
  • The Beating Heart: A Political and Socio-Economic History of Te Arawa
  • Māori and Pākehā Perspectives of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Mana Tangata: Politics of Empowerment
  • Māori and Social Issues
  • Ngā Tini Whetu: Navigating Māori Futures
  • Resistance: An Indigenous Response to Neoliberalism
  • Future Challenges for Māori
  • Always Speaking: The Treaty of Waitangi and Public Policy
  • Huia Histories of Māori
  • Tangata Whenua
  • Return to Sender: What Really Happened at the Fiscal Envelope Hui
  • Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou
  • Weeping Waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and Constitutional Change
  • Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty
  • The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of US – Indigenous Relations
  • Between the World and Me
  • Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism
  • A Narrative of Nine Months Residence in New Zealand in 1827
  • Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation
  • Mobalising Bolivia’s Displaced: Indigenous Politics and the Struggle Over Land
  • The Biggest Estate on Earth
  • Maranga Mai: Te Reo and Marae in Crisis?
  • Indigenous Sovereignty in the 21st Century: Knowledge for the Indigenous Spring
  • Colonising Myths, Māori Realities
  • Tikanga Māori: Living by Māori Realities
  • Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier
  • Chiefs of Industry: Māori Tribal Enterprise in Early Colonial New Zealand
  • Governing Indigenous Territories: Enacting Sovereignty in the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts
  • The Hank Adams Reader: An Exemplary Native Activist and the Unleashing of Indigenous Sovereignty
  • Unlocking the Wealth of Indigenous Nations

My research plan for 2018 is to explore topics and issues throughout the year and to share with you my thinking, and to take feedback and guidance, on these topics.  I am aiming to move away from discussions of contemporary events to instead focus on building long-term, sustainable development models and frameworks of indigenous sovereignty.

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