MAI Journal 2017: Volume 6 Issue 1
This general issue of MAI Journal, Volume 6, Issue, 1 (2017) contains articles looking at Māori issues in Aotearoa New Zealand.
In the first article of MAI Journal 6(1) for 2017, Lara Greaves, Danny Osborne, Carla Houkamau and Chris Sibley draw upon data from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study and the Multidimensional Model of Māori Identity and Cultural Engagement self-report measure to find the statistical predictors of being enrolled to vote on the Māori roll. What they found was that “Higher Group Membership Evaluation (the extent to which someone thinks that being Māori is positive and part of their self-concept) and higher Socio-Political Consciousness (engagement with Māori political issues) predicted enrolment on the Māori roll" (Greaves et al, 2017: 1). With the 2017 elections fast approaching, this paper offers a timely insight into one dimension of Māori political decision making in Aotearoa New Zealand and "...may be useful for those looking to increase Māori roll enrolment but also may help to combat deficit-based arguments for abolition of the Māori seats.” (Greaves et al, 2017: 1)
In the second article for MAI Journal Volume 6, Issue 1 (2017) Rochai Taiaroa and Wayne Smith examine how Māori students enrolled in a Bachelor of Physical Education programme understood their identity as Māori within this particular education context. The findings from their research highlight the value of culturally sustaining environments in tertiary education programmes for enhancing Māori success. More specifically, the paper states, "these students recognised that when they were empowered and felt safe, and the environment was right, education could enhance their cultural identity" (Taiaroa and Smith, 2017: 26)