Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


New Māori business major launched at Otago Polytechnic

19 August 2014

New Māori business major launched at Otago Polytechnic

Māori business development has surged ahead in the past decade, from the growth of the iwi organisations responsible for the management of multi-million dollar assets, through to enterprises in industries from natural resources to tourism. In 2010, Māori business was valued at $37 billion to the New Zealand economy and is believed to have grown since then.

Now, those with experience in Māori business – either as Māori or by working in Māori -focused organisations – have the opportunity to have their knowledge and skills formally recognised through a qualification which has been designed to embrace Māori business knowledge and approaches.

A major in Māori Organisational Leadership has now been launched for the Bachelor of Applied Management, offered through Capable NZ at Otago Polytechnic.

Capable NZ enables people with significant career experience undertake qualifications through independent learning pathways incorporating the assessment of prior learning from experience, which then counts towards the chosen qualification. A life time of relevant learning can significantly shorten the time frame for qualifications to be achieved.

Developer of the major, Richard Kerr-Bell, says this situation describes many Māori managers and leaders.

“There are only a handful of Māori focused business qualifications available and most of these weren’t around when many of our leaders were going through the education system.”

“Typically Māori have had to blend their mātauraka Māori (Māori knowledge) into business theory. Capable NZ provides an opportunity for them to reflect on the significance of this, and develop themselves as well-qualified businesspeople with a confident understanding of their cultural and professional position.”

The new major enables students to explore areas from Māori values and sustainability to examples of Māori leadership in the history of Aotearoa.

Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive Phil Ker describes the major, developed in consultation with local runaka, as “an exciting pathway, anticipated to become a cornerstone of several new initiatives.”

“We hope it will also become part of our classroom-taught Bachelor of Applied Management, enabling graduates in our rohe to focus in this area from the beginning of their careers,” Ker says.

“We believe that having a Māori business major will play an important role in recognising the unique and important place of tikaka and mātauraka Māori in the New Zealand business sector, and see this qualification as having real potential to make a positive influence in a range of environments.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news