A study of the interface between Māori culture and biotechnology – analysing the conflicts and the similarities
Michelle Anderson

Abstract


The Development of biotechnology over the last ten to fifteen years in New Zealand has been met with some resistance.  In particular the interface between biotechnology and the Maori culture in New Zealand has been characterised by conflict and disagreement.  The views of Maori and non-Maori working in the science community in New Zealand are compared and contrasted to highlight the difference between these views and what steps need to be taken in order for Maori to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that this technology provides, particularly when applied in conjunction with the natural resources which are play a major role in the cultural identity and sustenance of Maori. Commonalities are also highlighted in order to identify in what areas these two distinct schools of thought are alike.

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