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Abstract

Current New Zealand resource management legislation requires local government actively recognise and take into account Maori epistemologies in resource management planning. The Maori world-view is holistic in nature in that it embodies historical, environmental and spiritual values, as well as modern experiences. Concerns arise for Maori communities when planners and developers utilise only economic tools such as willingness to pay surveys to determine the total value of a proposed project. this paper draws from a survey of 700 methodologies can measure changes in the environment where the response is culturally influenced, particularly from Maori respondents who identify strongly with traditional Maori cultural values.

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