Assessing the Labour Government’s new procurement approach through a Māori economic justice perspective


  • Katharina Ruckstuhl Ngāi Tahu, University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Sequoia Short Ngāti Apakura, University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Jeff Foote University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand



Economic justice, social procurement, M?ori, Te Tiriti


INTRODUCTION: Social procurement—the intentional generation of social value through an organisation’s procurement and commissioning processes—is being adopted globally and in Aotearoa New Zealand as progressive social policy. Some of the issues that lie behind calls for economic justice, such as economic opportunity, rights for vulnerable workers, and unemployment, may be addressed through social procurement. While Māori may also benefit from this, there are other factors that should be considered from a Te Tiriti perspective.

METHOD: In this research brief, we outline the context behind the government’s current initiatives, drawing on policy and research literature as part of a scoping study aimed at developing a Te Tiriti approach to social procurement.

CONCLUSION: We conclude by noting the opportunities for economic justice for Māori, but also some of the caveats drawn from international and Aotearoa New Zealand literature.


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How to Cite

Ruckstuhl, K., Short, S., & Foote, J. (2021). Assessing the Labour Government’s new procurement approach through a Māori economic justice perspective. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 33(4), 47–54.



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