Māori to discuss interaction with oil industry

By Ripeka Timutimu
Oil - Photo / File

Nga Pae o te Maramatanga lead researcher Andrew Erueti will be presenting at a seminar today looking at the complex issue of Māori interaction with the extractive and mining sector.

The research centre will be holding its third 'Horizons of Insight' seminar for 2015 at Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland.

Erueti's research project, Māori Engagement in NZ's Extractive Industry: Innovative Legal Solutions, explores how recent developments in international law provide insight into addressing the issues raised by the Extractive Industry for iwi and hapū.

In recent years, NZ has seen a sharp increase in Extractive Industry (oil, gas and mining) projects and activity.

The government is strongly supportive of investment in this sector, however, there have been high profile demonstrations against exploration and mining by environmental and iwi/hapū groups who are deeply opposed to these companies mining within their lands and rohe.  It is also clear that some iwi have been trying to work with the industry, and in some cases have sought a treaty interest in the resource.

Erueti will outline key developments in the area, as well as also talking about the innovations that have been adopted by indigenous peoples and industries in other countries.

The seminar is open to the public and will run from 12:30pm - 1:30pm.