The book is the first of a series to be published on research into the state of New Zealand's institutions and sectors of endeavour. This first book in the series focusses on Maori and social issues; the second will focus on Maori and educational endeavour.
Each essay tackles the subject as it impacts on Maori now with perspectives on likely effects and solutions into the future: Maori demographics; smoking rates; educational achievement; incarceration; parenting; mental health; obesity and poverty are analysed in detail.
Key statistics, past and future trends, opinion and fact are brought together in one volume to act as a reference for students, academics and others interested in New Zealand social sciences.
Dr Tracey McIntosh is a senior lecturer in Sociology at Auckland University and a Director of the Centre of Research Excellence Nga Pae o teMaramatanga.
Malcolm Mulholland (Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) is a researcher at Te Putahi a Toi, School of Maori Studies, Massey University. He is author of Beneath the Maori Moon: An Illustrated History of Maori Rugby (Huia 2009); co-editor of Kaitiaki: Maori and the Environment (Huia, 2010) and Weeping Waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and Constitutional Change (Huia, 2010)