Kia Rehe Te Matau, Kia Rehe Te Maui
Winiata, T. W. H. (2013). Kia Rehe Te Matau, Kia Rehe Te Maui (Thesis, Master of Māori and Pacific Development (MMPD)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10289/8507
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The theory of applying successful military strategy to the world of business is not a new concept. The connection between these two environments has often been explored, and works by Sun Tzu and others promote the connection between the battlefield and the boardroom. The cut and thrust of the business realm is often likened to combat, and the guiding principles and beliefs that influence Generals and Field Commanders are in many ways identical to those of executives and Chief Executive Officers. This thesis is interested in exploring the interconnectedness between battle and business from a Māori perspective. In particular, this study explores the link between the Māori weapon known as the taiaha, and Māori business, in the belief that the lessons learnt from the various taiaha schools can be transferred to Māori business. Likewise, the beliefs, principles and philosophies that are instilled within warriors while training with the taiaha have a valid place within Māori business, and when applied to the Māori business arena, have beneficial outcomes for those involved. This study highlights fundamental taiaha principles that are applicable to the Māori business world. These beliefs have been identified by a number of taiaha experts as well as successful Māori business operators. The long term purpose of this thesis is to support Māori entering into business, by highlighting traditional values that are taught through the medium of taiaha, and showing how they can be applied to business.
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