Auckland Branch Webinar - Maori cultural issues in workplace H&S

26/11/2020 05:30pm to 6:30pm

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Vance Walker’s experience as a practitioner in dealing with Māori cultural issues in workplace health and safety predicates his interest to undertake a doctoral research in the same subject. Māori workers incur a disproportionate number of workplace injuries and fatalities. While disparities often sway studies towards problematizing Māori, Vance’s research proposes an alternative narrative that validates and privileges the voice of Māori workers. It attempts to evidence contemporary Māori cultural norms as an advantage for worker safety. The crux of his research is a case study that for two weeks observed workers maintaining their normal health and safety systems while also adopting Māori values to re-frame their perception of risk.


Vance Walker is a former WorkSafe NZ Inspector and now practitioner with Waka Kotahi. He has an interest in understanding how contemporary Māori cultural norms can improve the health and safety for Māori and other vulnerable workers. Three years ago, this extended into doctoral research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi


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