|Levy, Michelle Patricia
|Levy, M. (1999). Policy for Maori: values, assumptions and closing the gap. In Robertson, N. (Ed). Māori and psychology: Research and practice. Proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the Māori & Psychology Research Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Thursday 26th August 1999 (pp.7-15). Hamilton, New Zealand: Māori and Psychology Research Unit, University of Waikato.
|This paper looks at the issue of what it is about the way in which policy is developed which
influences whether or not policy meets the needs of Maori. To do this I will focus on one component
of policy making; the role of the values and assumptions of policy makers. Assumptions about the
nature of policy making and the way in which policy can be used to maintain and modify norms and
standards, determine values and define problems are briefly investigated. These issues are
highlighted using the Code of Family and Social Responsibility as an example of the way in which
dominant cultural value bases and assumptions have influenced the way in which policy issues are
framed and presented. The paper concludes by asking why the consideration of the values of policy
makers is important for Maori and how can I, as a Maori policy analyst working within the
Government policy making sector, contribute to the development of policy which is based on Maori
assumptions, realities, values and world views.
|Maori and Psychology Research Unit, University of Waikato
|Policy for Maori: values, assumptions and closing the gap