E rangahau ana koe i te aha?What would you like to search for?, Regional Development, and Realising the Aspirations of Mana Whenua in Pōkeno

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During the 1990s, the township of Pokeno was held up as an example of a declining rural Aotearoa/New Zealand.

By-passed from the national state highway, it lost its status as a service hub and drastic measures were introduced to revitalise the town, including renaming the town “” Pokeno has since undergone an unlikely transformation, with foreign investment and its location within an extended Auckland commuter zone meaning that the township has grown exponentially. This article describes the transformation of Pokeno and uncovers what has been missing from discussions about Pokeno’s reinvention, namely, the place of mana whenua.

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