Tātari Tauutuutu: moving beyond ‘cultural impact assessment’ in search of Māori cultural survival outcomes

This report was written following a decision to discontinue using a ‘cultural impact assessment’ approach after becoming more aware of the limitations of this now well-established planning and policy tool. We are especially concerned that a cultural impact assessment largely fails to provide a satisfactory basis on which to assist Māori communities to achieve the goal of ‘cultural survival’. For this reason, there now exists an urgent need to create a new assessment tool that delivers desired outcomes of this kind.

What is outlined in this report should be considered as a ‘first step’ towards the creation of a new tool. It is our intention that the alternative emerging perspective provided here will be supported by a more detailed academic publication on this matter at a later point in time. In the meantime, what is outlined here is intended to provide a rationale that explains why we are moving towards the use of a new tool, and in practical terms just what this new approach will entail. The study findings/information contained in the remainder of this report has been organised in a way that seeks to give expression to this new approach.

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Reference and download links

Cole, A. O. me ōna tūpuna, Apatu, M., Black, M., Te Huia, B., Brown, J. and O’Reilly, T. (2019) Tātari Tauutuutu: moving beyond ‘cultural impact assessment’ in search of Māori cultural survival outcomes. Kōrero Māori report 22. Tauranga, New Zealand: iPansophy Limited Digital Publishing. [Download]

 

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