Maori, Pacific insights for business leaders

A professional development scheme run by Waikato University is encouraging business leaders to gain a better understanding and knowledge of cultural practices within the workplace.

The School of Maori and Pacific Development is running two six-week postgraduate level papers, tackling what it calls a lack of understanding in the workplace around Tikanga Maori and Pasifika culture.

The courses are targeting senior management and people who hold responsibility in their organisations, and will look at how culture and tradition interacts with workplace behaviour.

One paper studies tikanga practices in the workplace, the relationship between te reo Maori and tikanga rituals, and the purpose and meaning of waiata. It starts on July 29. The other, starting on September 23, will look at the cultural underpinnings of Pacific behaviours and practices in the workplace.

Latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show 4.3 per cent of the working age population identified as Pasifika, while 12.1 per cent identified as Maori.