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The student of ICL Business school got the opportunity to visit the Te Tahawai

Marae which is located on grounds of Edgewater college in Manukau, Auckland.
This was a good way to find out more about the Maori people and their long and
rich history and cultural heritage. At the same time, we were also able to see the
various types of arts in the form carvings which were at display at the Marae. It
gave us ideas about the tikanga or the Maori way of life which in its own way is
quite unique (Duff, 2015). There were many chances of gaining new learning
especially when you are coming from a country like India with such a diverse
culture.

The Maori values are as follows

1.Mana

The term mana is related to power, authority and control. For the Maori people it
is considered to be a very scared thing and some believe might even come
straight from the gods. Many thinks of it as a great honour to get mana. One
simply cannot just get Mana, you have to earn it through the way you act. It is
having a lot of importance in the Maori culture (Hanson, 1989).

In the western culture, such values are no longer followed. Here the importance
of money and power influence who get the chance to be able to lead the
company.

2. Tapu

The Maori are very spiritual people and believe that there are some things and
some location which are very sacred and should be stayed away from. They also
think that the Tapu is a protective force which will help them all the way through
in their lives. There are certain rules and restrictions which ensure that the
people stay away from certain locations as they are considered religious (Bridge
& Mcleod, 2016).

In the western culture, there are very few places which face type of restriction,
the culture is more explorative and with the advent of technology people have
begun to question all aspects on cultures.

3. Whanaungatanga

The Maori family structure is one which is very collective and ensures that the
family stays together no matter how big the size of the same. The community
too is an essential part of the Maori way of life. The term comes from the Maori
Word Whanau which means family. It talks about creating and sustaining
relationships among the kin, these relationships are formed on the basis of being
in the family together. There is a huge stress on ensures that the siblings bond
together and stay with each other (Oranewzealand.com, 2016).

In the western culture there is no such thing as parents want the children to get
along with each other and emphasize on the same, but after a certain age they
have limited control upon the children.

The natural resources are not that important to them and the idea is to make money. it is the cultural or spiritual impact of the businesses which is being done. to use them in a way that they can be passed on to the next generation (Te Papa Tongarewa. They are of the view that the resources they have were given to them by their ancestors and it is their duty to protect and preserve them. Rangatiratanga Leader or the Chief is very important position to the Maori people. In the western culture. we can see that the environmental awareness is there. 2016). 2016). 5. There have a been issues regarding this recently in the Maori culture as it is the chief’s responsibility to ensure the protection and preservation of the natural resources. All the flora and fauna. the leader is not just chosen on the basis of his actions or deeds.4. There are three categories which are used by businesses in their annual reports as well to see how they did and what type of an impact they had on all three criteria. This is where the disparity lies in the behaviour and attitude of the people. In the western culture. The relationship between man and environment is one of the being the guardian of all the resources (New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. This becomes even more important in the case of businesses which are run on the basis of assets that are owned by the community as a whole. Maori businesses measure their success not just in terms on the money they make but also in terms of the environmental and social impact their business tends to have. but is sacrificed at times of money and prosperity of the people. In this case the performance is measured against the cultural integrity of the place. Kaitiakitanga The Maori people think that we are all connected to the natural resources and that there is a balance between us and the resources which can only be maintained if we are willing to act in a way which ensures their protection. . instead he may be chosen because of his financial status. There are trust and companies which are run according to this concept and keep the conservation of the natural resources as a high priority. The multiple bottom line of business success It can be seen that is unlike their western counterparts. The Maori approach to business is also quite different from that of the traditional approach to business. The chief is not just anyone but someone who has the qualities and who has shown though his acts and deeds that he is worthy of this honour. In some case another factor is also added to this process. land and water are sacred things and need to be used in such a way that they are sustained for the future. This quality also has a lot to do with the way the Maori people do their business.

The businesses which are created on the basis of resources owned by the community like a trust or a charitable trust. On the other hand. Origin or reason for being in the business For any business one very important question is why they in business or as in Maori language the Pūtake. there is also a difference in the way the Maori businesses which are based on resources owned by a community work and look at not just making a profit but the overall success of the business in terms of protection of tribal land or rivers (Morgan . The traditional approaches to business are based on the use of technology for making the business profitable but do not focus on the development of the community (Mbie. 2016). 2016). the traditional business structures are motivated more by financial concerns rather than anything else and then try to mould the business structure so that the company make a good profit. Structure of the business This is again a point of difference which helps the Maori businesses in standing out from the others. 2016).nz. the reason for being in business is to make a profit and earn a living for themselves. This then leads to specific laws which govern the way in which the business in run. While for the traditional business . The various trust which uphold the conservation of the environment as key goal also aim to make a profit but not at the cost of causing any damage to the land or natural resources (Te Tumu Paeroa.govt. Tikanga The priorities in a business are also very important and guide what the business chooses to achieve first in its list of priorities. Hangarau Another important quality in the way the Maori people conduct their business is Hangarau or the use of technology in such a way that is mixed with the traditional methods to bring in the maximum benefit to the business. There is a lot of potential in the vast resource base which exits in Maori History and culture. 2016). It is about growth and expansion for the business which is why people are in business.The traditional approach to business is based on the financial impact and how much profit the organisation is able to accumulate over a time period (Miller. Contrary to popular belief the Maori people are at the front of pursuing technology in business and have been using the same to ensure progress not just for business but for innovation to utilise the Maori sciences and knowledge. At the same time. In the traditional businesses. While the primary reason for being in business for the Maori people is the same as the others which to sell goods and services and make money.

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