The oce Ethnic Aairs cmmissine this research n the Māri Inianin July – August 2008 with the aim being t pruce a preliminary scpingstuy paper that examines the emergence ientity r the Māri Inian. This prject is an initial explratin the ientity cnstructin an wrk experiences the Māri Inian. The 2006 census reprts that there are 2,610Māri Inian (1,299 males an 1,311 emales). While such wrk can have manyvantage pints, this prject is embee in the bra el ientity anemplyment, with specic reerence t mixe ethnicity an interracial rethnic intermarriages.Mst the iniviuals interviewe r this stuy ientiy strngly withthe Māri cmmunity, while their links with the Inian cmmunity aremre tenuus, particularly when there was an Inian an Māri wie. Allthe iniviuals enjy Inian an ‘curry’ was ten mentine amngspecial recipes passe wn rm their parents/granparents. Mrever,sme Inian phrases were use, such as
) r craysh/ prawns. Sme the participants als sang Inian sngs which they hahear their amily sing. All ha a yearning t cnnect with the lan in Inia– a ew ha visite the Inian subcntinent. The nings can be grupeint three themes:
. Within these threethemes were ur cmmn threas, variusly expresse: Ientity (acceptancean belngingness, relatives/cmmunity, schl), wrk experiences, culturalcntext (religin; ; clthing, incluing jewellery; an language), an theuture (mkpuna
The research has ptential implicatins r the mkpuna the uture,particularly in a bicultural/multicultural natin such as Ateara whereimmigrants an Māri have merge in varius ways an at varius mmentsin histry. This research has ptential benets r the tangata whenuain terms a eeper an layere unerstaning their whakapapa, turther unerstan an appreciate ur cmbine cultural lineage an thusacknwlege an mve twars greater enhancement a harmniusNew Zealan. Hence this prject unctins as an invitatin t unerstan thewven strans in ur lie stries an appreciate the rich iversity peplewithin Ateara.