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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1999) 43(4): 14–15
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Are the needs of Maori being met by current industry training programmes

Tina Cummins

Forestry education in New Zealand has traditionally been taught at three levels: practitioner, technical, and tertiary. While past research has shown that Maori make up a significant proportion of the New Zealand forestry logging and silviculture workforce (Byers, 1995), current research has shown that the number of Maori enrolled in forestry training at a tertiary level is considerably lower than the number of European. Maori appear more likely to fill practical roles in forestry rather than roles of forest management, which is of concern given the size of the New Zealand land resource owned by Maori, and the increasing association of Maori with forestry under commercial ventures.

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