New Zealand Journal of Ecology (1995) 19(1): 83- 86

Customary Management of Indigenous Species—a Maori Perspective

Research Article
Shane D. Wright 1
Graham Nugent 2
Hori G. Parata 3
  1. School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Private Bag, Auckland, New Zealand
  2. 30 Palatine Tce, Christchurch, New Zealand
  3. Ngati Wai Trust Board, P.O. Box 1332, Whangarei, New Zealand

In addressing the issue of customary management of indigenous species, we begin by defining the rights of Maori and the responsibilities of the Crown under Article 2 of the Treaty of Waitangi. We then criticise the status quo by demonstrating what we see as cultural bias in native bird management. This is followed by an outline of the approach we believe is needed to better serve the requirements of the Treaty. We conclude that existing unfair management emphases produce outcomes that are both culturally and ecologically counterproductive.