The aspirations of Maori : an exploratory study.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
This exploratory research examined the contributing influence of a range of contextual and individual variables on the prediction of education, occupation and income aspirations for Maori. Such variables included parental support, parental aspirations, personality, socioeconomic status, age, and Treaty of Waitangi claims settlements. Of particular interest was determining whether Treaty of Waitangi settlements to Maori had influenced the aspirations of individual Maori affiliated to such iwi, compared to those Maori affiliated to iwi that had not received settlement. Two studies were conducted. A small qualitative study of ten Maori was first performed to ascertain participant subjective experiences related to their aspirations. In the second larger study, 225 Maori completed a questionnaire designed to determine participant aspirations and the variables that may influence them. Multiple regression analyses revealed that, education aspirations were predicted by parental education aspirations and age; occupation aspirations were predicted by parental occupation aspirations; and income aspirations were predicted by iwi settlement status. This last finding however was treated with caution. It is hoped that that the present study of variables influencing the aspirations of Maori will provide a comprehensive reference base of comparison for any future related research.