Dr Terrence Loomis is an independent researcher and Visiting Research Scholar in the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University. He holds a BA from Hamline University in Minnesota, an MA (1 st Hons) in Social Anthropology from Auckland University, a PhD in Economic Anthropology from the University of Adelaide, and an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certificate from the National Development Council of America. He has over 15 years research and development consulting experience in the US, Canada, Australia, the Pacific and New Zealand. He was also Director of Economic Development for the Mdewakanton Dakota tribe of Prairie Island, Minnesota for four years. Between 1997-2000 he was Foundation Professor of Development Studies in the School of Maori and Pacific Development at Waikato University, before becoming a senior policy advisor with the New Zealand government.