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Researching the lives of young Māori in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Creating culturally sensitive methods and theory
WithAlan France, Lucy Cowie, Tepora Pukepuke, Marilyn Chetty, David Mayeda

Aotearoa New Zealand is a culturally diverse society, one that encompasses a number of distinct ethnic groups, including tangata whenua (the people of the land, Māori), Pākehā (New Zealand Europeans) and more recent immigrants from a multitude of countries. In a country that was colonised, capturing the views of young Māori creates a challenge for social science research, one that has to recognise not only the ongoing impact of colonialism but also its own role in the process. In this chapter, we propose a research methodology for researching the life worlds of young Māori that not only recognises the continued impact of colonialism but also finds value in contributions from social science method and theory. Such an approach, we argue, provides insightful knowledge about the lives of the young.