Richard Nightingale

Doctor of Philosophy, (Social and Cultural Studies)
Study Completed: 2007
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Maori at Work: The Shaping of a Maori Workforce with the New Zealand State 1935 - 1975

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Mr Nightingale examined the dynamics of shaping a Maori workforce within New Zealand from 1935 - 1975, as an outcome of colonial engagements under the capitalist system. Maori labour formed a second stage in terms of the need for industrial labour power for manufacturing production, particularly after World War II. A plethora of government initiatives were unilaterally justified on the grounds of progress, perceived to be for the benefit of Maori and the nation. These policies were instituted during a period of enormous change in Maori society and in the configuration of relationships between Maori and Pakeha. The thesis identified the nature and form of Maori responses to government policies. In particular, the retreat by Maori from issues of class deprivation to the promotion of issues that centred on loss of land, language and culture are noted.

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