Exploring Trans-cultural Partnerships within Third Sector Organisations in New Zealand

By Peter Walker.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper explores the social dynamics that impact on organisational partnerships between indigenous peoples’, immigrant peoples’ and mainstream organisations. Specifically this paper will address how such trans-cultural partnerships are formed and maintained. To do this the paper describes and analyses trans-cultural partnerships in practice in New Zealand, using Das and Teng’s (2001) trust, risk and control schema, focusing on what works, why it works and outlines strategies to enable the implementation of such partnerships to other sites. The research will be a resource for those working in community development organisations specifically and social service organisations in general, who intend to enter into trans-cultural partnerships.
The contextual background to this study is the recent history of pluralistic development of social services within New Zealand and much of the western world. New Zealand, like the United Kingdom, made a major policy shift (1999 - present) towards a “third way” democratic pluralist approach to social development. Under this approach Maori (indigenous peoples) and other ethnic organisations have developed to meet the social service and health needs of their people as an alternative to state organisations or mainstream NGOs.

Keywords: Trans-cultural Partnerships, Trust, Risk, Control

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.423-434. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 644.649KB).

Dr. Peter Walker

Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Community Development, University of Otago, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Peter Walker is a senior lecturer with the Department of Social Work and Community Development. Peter has a long and ongoing relationship with the Dunedin Community Law Centre. He is also a founding member of the Dunedin Community Accounting Centre and has served on the management committees of Te Whanau Arohanui and other community organisations in Dunedin. From 2002-2007 he served as the community law centre representative on the Public Advisory Committee of Legal Services Agency of New Zealand. Research interests include community development practices, social service partnerships and accountability relationships.


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