| || || Nishar, Abdul|
| || || The relevance and applicability of participatory geographic information for Maori development : a case study of Te Roopu Taiao o Utakura|
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: pac In Process
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Abstract: With the deadline for the submission of Waitangi claims coming closer, GIS has become popular amongst . Through a better understanding of the technology, have started to implement GIS, and Participatory GIS in particular. Participatory GIS has been used by other indigenous communities. A lot of debate has been held about whether Participatory GIS is as user-oriented as it should be. Another dilemma has been how Participatory GIS a tool used by the modern societies can be implemented in i communities by ’s. Much of the debate has been about the relevance and applicability of Participatory GIS in the context more than anything else. Taking this into account, there is a serious need to comprehend the methodology of Participatory GIS and investigate if it has any relevance and applicability to development. The overall objective of the study is to assess the relevance and applicability of Participatory GIS using the good governance dimensions and assess its relevance and applicability in a context. Additionally, the study also looked at the Participatory GIS process, the level of participation and the similarities of Participatory GIS to Te Roopu Taiao o Utakura was used as case study. The research followed the guidelines of the Participation Action Research (PAR) with a major emphasis on community participation. Using the good governance dimensions, and specially developed indicators for each dimension, Participatory GIS process was assessed. The Participatory GIS process adopted the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tool in combination with GIS tools. The study found that the Participatory GIS Process consisted of Preparatory phase, Assessment phase and Action phase and the reaction of the Utakura community to Participatory GIS was rather good. Participatory GIS Process fulfilled the criteria’s of the Good Governance Dimensions and proved to be relevant and Participatory GIS works in an equivalent way as Kaupapa The conclusion of this study highlighted on how well the members of Te Roopu Taiao o Utakura responded to GIS. In addition, it illustrated that Participatory GIS was relevant for vii development which was assessed based on Good Governance Dimensions and that the participatory process assisted in providing data for the coming generation. It also demonstrated the applicability of Participatory GIS Economic, Political, Institutional, Social factors. Furthermore, it stated that besides being developed to cater for different conditions, Kaupapa and Participatory GIS principles are very similar.