New Zealand is seeking to improve on these rankings.
In terms of primary industries, Maori have commercial interests in fisheries and aquaculture, forestry and farming, and tourism.
To date Maori have not invested significantly in exploration or mining.
View the Minerals Briefing Paper 2014 for Straterra’s position on a range of policy issues, and recommendations.
The NZ Government (also described as “the Crown”) owns all gold, silver, uranium, and petroleum, wherever they occur.
Other communities are less supportive, and the Coromandel peninsula may be an example.
At a national level, most New Zealanders are conditionally supportive of minerals exploration and mining. Each company will develop its own approach to engaging with and consulting land owners, communities, other stakeholders, and Maori on their exploration and mining projects.
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The practical effect of the “Treaty partnership” for minerals explorers and miners is that Maori consider themselves to be more than a stakeholder, land owner, or member of a community.
As a general consideration, for engagement to be effective, Maori may expect some or all of the following: that it is genuine and open; initiated at an early stage at a senior level; and focused on developing a meaningful relationship (in the context of the proposed activities).
The Maori tribal economy is very significant, partly as a result of redress for historical breaches by the Crown of the Treaty of Waitangi, provided to individual or groups of iwi and hapu.
Around 15% of New Zealand’s population identify as Maori, indigenous people descended from voyagers from Central Polynesia (Cook Islands, Tahiti) who arrived in New Zealand many centuries ago..