Chiefs of Industry : Maori Tribal Enterprise in Early Colonial New Zealand

Author(s): Hazel Petrie

Maori | Business

This fascinating book explores the entrepreneurial activity of Maori in the early colonial period. It focuses on two industries, coastal shipping and flourmilling, where they were spectacularly successful in the 1840s and 1850s. Hazel Petrie shows how quickly and effectively Maori society adapted to accommodate and develop such capital intensive investments, harnessing tribal ownership, existing skills and a keen eye for commercial advantage. She also charts the sudden decline of Maori economic success by the 1860s. The book draws on a wide range of sources in both languages. First published November 2006.


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Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: History Category 2007.

"A wonderfully fascinating book that draws the reader through a complex era and subject with grace." --"Journal of the Polynesian Society"

Born in England but raised in New Zealand, Hazel Petrie has a BA in History and Maori Studies, an MA in History and PhD in Maori Studies from The University of Auckland. Currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Mira Szaszy Research Centre for Maori and Pacific Economic Development at The University of Auckland, Dr Petrie's research interests include New Zealand and Pacific history, British history (especially 19th century social history), Maori society, oral traditions and language. Over the last 10 years she has focussed particularly on Maori economic history; Pakeha representations of a Maori work ethic and history of Northland. For six years, she was involved in the 'Kimihea to Mea Ngaro' project concerning 19th-century Maori newspapers. Her work here inspired her PhD thesis and then her book Chiefs of Industry: Maori Tribal Enterprise in Early Colonial New Zealand. She has contributed chapters to the books Rere Atu Taku Manu: Discovering History, Language and Politics in the Maori Language Newspapers, 1842 - 1933 and City of Enterprise: Perspectives on Auckland's Business History, and has also written or delivered academic papers on related topics. Dr Petrie is married to a Te Rarawa businessman and has two adult sons.

List of Tables; Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1 Chiefly Leadership and Pre-Contact Trade; Chapter 2 Early Cross-Cultural Exchanges in Context; Chapter 3 The Expansion of Foreign Trade and its Implications; Chapter 4 'Saving' the Maori; Chapter 5 Influences on Maori Commercial Directions; Chapter 6 The Why and How of Sailing Ships and Flourmills; Chapter 7 Management and Operation; Chapter 8 The Social Hierarchy and Ownership Rights in Transition; Chapter 9 Co-operation, Contracts, and Changes in Maori Commercial Law; Chapter 10 The Context of Change; Chapter 11 So What Went Wrong?; Chapter 12 Maori Responses; Chapter 13Looking Back; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

General Fields

  • : 9781869403768
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : November 2006
  • : 228mm X 154mm X 17mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hazel Petrie
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 320
  • : illustrations