Around the world, there is a growing recognition of the rights of indigenous people to access and govern their natural resources. In many countries, this recognition has led to development of co-governance approaches, where differing groups seek to govern together in a collaborative manner.
To support the growing use of co-governance approaches, we need to prepare culturally aware graduates with strong analytical and strong interpersonal skills, who can identify the limitation in our current ways of working, and then work in a collaborative manner, to break down barriers in process and to enact change.
Students of the Masters of Bicultural Co-Governance of Natural Resources (MBCNR) will develop a deep understanding of the complex relationships between the multiple stakeholders in natural resources. This course will also develop consultation skills, bicultural awareness, project management, and knowledge of conservation and co-governance policy.
This taught Master’s programme has a particular focus on New Zealand, reflecting the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. It will also draw on material from a selection of Pacific Island nations. Students will critically examine external treaty responsibilities and relevant cultural relationships globally.