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My name is Paul Hamer and I am an adjunct research associate at Te Kawa a Maui, the School of Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and a PhD candidate at Monash University in Melbourne.
I have previously published a series of research papers on Maori in Australia, including a major report for Te Puni Kokiri in 2007.
For my PhD I am investigating both the impact on Maori of the 2001 Australian law changes that heavily restricted New Zealanders’ rights to access Australian government benefits and services, as well as the reasons for Maori return migration from Australia to New Zealand.
To date there has been little research undertaken on these important issues, and I hope my studies can remedy that gap. In particular, I want to give Maori communities and policy-makers the information they need about these matters.
I am running two surveys: one for Maori living in Australia and one for Maori who used to live in Australia but have now returned to New Zealand.
Please consider either filling in a survey or publicising the surveys among your contacts. The more responses received the better the quality of information will be. Completing a survey should take 15 minutes. More information can be found at the start of each survey.
Maori living in Australia survey: http://vuw.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9ZiD0cUDOsUJL2R
Maori return migrants from Australia survey: http://vuw.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d6BuVKV9ssBNKDj
Nga mihi nui kia koutou.
na Paul Hamer