5 Jun 2015

Lack of workplace tikanga Māori - survey

12:19 pm on 5 June 2015

A workforce survey has revealed that even Māori organisations are guilty of not following tikanga Māori or values.

Raiha Hooker

Raiha Hooker Photo: Supplied

The findings were presented as part of Massey University student Raiha Hooker's Master's thesis.

Ms Hooker says she wanted to find out how culturally responsive the working environments of Māori employees are and how well they acknowledged Māori values.

Ms Hooker said the 113 anonymous respondents that took part in her online research told her that time constraints were a major factor as to why their bosses were not able to be as culturally responsive as they should be.

"You would assume that working in a Māori organisation would have obviously a more culturally responsive working environment," she said.

"But some of the themes that came through showed that due to time and financial restraints on managers, they couldn't execute that culturally responsive environment that they would've preferred to. And Māori staff really felt that and they felt for those managers."

Ms Hooker's online survey was based on three kaupapa Māori values: whanaungatanga (building relationships), manaakitanga (care/hospitality) and mauri (the atmosphere or the vibe of the workplace).

She investigated how supportive Māori employee's managers or supervisors were when it came to understanding and demonstrating Māori values.

About 70 percent of the respondents had a degree or higher qualification and 60 percent of them were females mostly working in the health and education sectors.