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Preserving Heritage Rights vs. Economic Gain

The first article that I have chosen is from the Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine called,  “The Waitangi Tribunal and the Maori Claim to their Cultural and Intellectual Heritage Rights Property” by Watson. In this news story Watson talks about the Treaty of Waitangi and the Waitangi Tribunal, which gives and recommends the Maori people the right to protect their cultural heritage and their land. Watson’s new story talks about the differences between the Maori people’s rights and the Intellectual Property Rights when it comes to tourism. The Maori people want to preserve their culture and lands with the Tribunal, but with tourism, it can be seen as an Intellectual Property Right since there is an economic gain. The overall article talks about how to the Maori people are trying to find a mechanism that can  protect their heritage rights.

Finding the credentials for this article was very difficult since Watson was the only thing written under the author section. Looking over the Cultural Survival Magazine website, it’s an organization that empowers indigenous communities and advocates for them. The website is used for people to share their experiences or information about issues involving indigenous groups. Watson has one more article that is attached to his/her  name called, “From Hall of Worship to Tourist Center: An Ancestral Hall in Hong Kong’s New Territories.” It’s hard to tell whether or not they are experienced with the subject with only two articles, and only having Watson as their identity. Since the article was published in 2000, it’s obviously out-of-date of 17 years, but not much has changed in the Maori tourism. The audience for this article could be for students, like myself, wanting to learn about the Maori culture or an anthropologist.

The majority of the article is factual and valid since Watson listed some references and refers to them in the article. But I’m a little doubtful since Watson misspelled Maori many times throughout the article. The ideas/ arguments presented in this article are  in the middle between more and less advanced. The reason being is because some of the articles that I’ve read talk about how some of the Maori people are open to tourism. The author shows no bias and the article is presented as informative.

The second article that I have chosen is from Asia Pacific called “A Kiwi Plan: Tourism in New Zealand” by Krister Anderson.  In this news story Anderson talks about how New Zealand and the Maori culture are working together to do tourisms that will have a balance of an economic gain and  protect the rights of the Maori people. Tourism has helped with giving people jobs through the different programs and has sent an example for other countries with indigenous groups. Anderson continues on by saying how New Zealand is greatly known for have that balance and how they try to avoid any negative outcomes from tourism.

Krister Anderson is an author and associate editor for the Harvard International Review, and has attended Harvard University. He has 10 years of experience of working with different cultures overseas. Harvard International Review, is a blog that talks about issues and news from all over the world. Since the article was published in the summer of 2004, it is out-of-date by 13 years but not much has changed in the Maori tourism. The audience that the author could be addressing could be students, especially those that are attending Harvard University. Also, anthropologists that are interested in the Maori culture.

The information provided in this article are factual and valid. He has statistics and references that he refers to throughout his article to support the information he’s providing. Anderson’s ideas/ arguments are more on the line with other works that I’ve read since they all talk about how tourism is open in the Maori culture. The author shows no bias and the article is presented as informative.


  1. Condevaux, A. (2009, July 1). Maori Culture on Stage: Authenticity and Identity in Tourist Interactions. Retrieved February 14, 2017, from http://www.pierce.ctc.edu:2099/ContentServer.asp?T=P&P=AN&K=40830558&S=R&D=a9h&EbscoContent=dGJyMNLr40Sep7I4xNvgOLCmr0%2Bep7RSsqm4TbWWxWXS&ContentCustomer=dGJyMO7f44rh5epT69fnhrnb5ofx6gAA
  2. W. (2009, December). The Waitangi Tribunal and the Maori Claim to their Cultural  and Intellectual Heritage Rights Property. Retrieved February 15, 2017, from https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/waitangi-tribunal-and-maori-claim-their-cultural-and