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Māori participation in urban development: challenges and opportunities for indigenous people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Lincoln Planning Review, 6(1-2), 1-17

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This paper examines the experiences of Māori urbanisation in New Zealand, focusing on the challenges and opportunities faced by Māori living in urban settings.

It traces the historical context of urban development from pre-colonial times through the impacts of colonisation and urban growth. The paper discusses how Māori have faced significant changes and challenges due to urban migration, government policies, and shifting social structures. Despite these challenges, the paper also highlights the proactive role of Māori in urban environments, including their involvement in urban development, resilience in the face of adversity, and the assertion of Māori values and identity. The work explores three potential change catalysts for Māori involvement in urban development: Treaty of Waitangi settlements, local government reform, and disaster planning. The paper concludes with a discussion on the need for further research and a more inclusive approach in urban planning that acknowledges the diverse experiences and interests of urban Māori. This article provides an insightful analysis of the Māori experience in urban New Zealand. It sheds light on the historical and contemporary challenges faced by Māori due to urban migration and the subsequent social, cultural, and political shifts. The paper emphasises the importance of inclusive urban planning and policy-making that acknowledges Māori rights and interests.

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