Why do we need a Māori (cultural) economy?
The expression of kawa, kaupapa and tikanga maintained the wellbeing and survival of Te Aho Matua, Te Aho Matua whānau o Rangi rāua ko Papatūānuku for approximately 800–1,000 years prior to the arrival of tauiwi. By contrast, the new model of capitalist economics introduced as a part of colonisation has resulted in the rapid and serious decline of Te Aho Matua, Te Aho Matua whānau o Rangi rāua ko Papatūānuku, in some cases to the point of extinction. Under a capitlist market economic model, the survival and wellbeing of Te Whānau o Rangi rāua ko Papatūānuku can no longer be guaranteed. Through education, research, innovation and partnering with hapū, the whānau at Te Toi Ōhanga aim to provide a ‘voice’ in New Zealand for an indigenous (Māori) cultural approach to economics in which Māori cultural wellbeing and survival are paramount.