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Māori Business Perceptions of the Potential Use of Biotechnologies in Pest Wasp Management

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dc.contributor.advisor Mercier, Ocean Palmer, Symon 2019-10-03T21:17:21Z 2019-10-03T21:17:21Z 2019 2019
dc.description.abstract The government has set a target of Aotearoa becoming predator-free by 2050. Scientists see biotechnologies as a potential solution for pest management at large scale, with wasps identified as an opportune prototype for consideration as a trial. Wasps are identified to be costing $133 million annually to the New Zealand economy. Primary industries are most affected, spaces that Māori occupy as part of the burgeoning Māori economy. Given the complex relationship Māori have historically had with genetic modification and biotechnologies, and their involvement with industries said to benefit from wasp eradication, the views from Māori businesses are important. In this thesis, a kaupapa Māori, mixed-methodology study is conducted with people from eight businesses who intersect on these issues. Interviews helped gauge the ‘pulse’ of where Māori businesses stand on these issues. Five novel biotechnologies being actively researched for potential use, including gene drive and pheromone lures, are presented to participants. Which, if any, biotechnology might be acceptable for pest control? Views ranged from accepting to disapproving. A diverse economy framework is used to deepen understanding of participant priorities and implications for business values. Economic factors take a backseat and Māori values surface in non-market activity, transactions that deviate from capitalism, which are found to play an important role in decision-making on biotechnologies. A diverse economy framework thus sheds far more light on an issue than simple impact calculations. Communication of biotechnologies to lay audiences needs attention. Furthermore, impartial and credible evidence from multiple sources, not just scientists, is needed to best inform people on these issues. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Māori mi_NZ
dc.subject Biotechnology en_NZ
dc.subject Pest management en_NZ
dc.subject Wasps en_NZ
dc.subject Diverse economy en_NZ
dc.subject Biodiversity and conservation en_NZ
dc.title Māori Business Perceptions of the Potential Use of Biotechnologies in Pest Wasp Management en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Maori Studies : Te Kawa a Māui en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Maori Studies en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Arts en_NZ
dc.rights.license Creative Commons GNU GPL en_NZ 2019-09-18T23:05:15Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 169904 Studies of Māori Society en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 2 STRATEGIC BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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