For a long time I have thought Maori have much to teach the rest of us (in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in general). Maori have had many generations living with each other and the environment, and have had to retain, adapt and develop their culture through tough colonial, post-colonial and now global times.
Much has been made of the need for innovation and creativity to address concerns about disruptions to the global economy, its ecology and how this will impact on the quality of peoples lives. At the same time, much of this technological innovation helps to ensure citizens remain distracted and disengaged from much of what is happening or, most significantly, what they could possibly do about it.
New Zealand is vulnerable with a very high overseas debt. It has traditionally relied on income from the export of bulk food. Is there enough public discussion - and thought being given at policy levels - on how to ensure local food producing soils are retained for sustainable local food production and for localised forms of play and recreation?
At a local level, back in 1995, in St Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand, Peggy Kelly argued continued building developments on versatile lands which could better be used for food production would be irresponsible.