Māori


Yesterday’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples provided an important opportunity to reflect on the impact National’s tertiary education Bill would have on Māori. Observed on 9 August every year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population, the day is a reminder that education must be accessible, publicly funded and available for all without discrimination. The right of indigenous...

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MPs on Select Committee gathered for the second of their public evidence sessions yesterday morning. Over the course of two hours the Committee heard from people working or studying in the sector, the Chief Executive of the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Chris Collins, and the TEU. Wayne Linklater from Victoria University told MPs that public institutions were more, not less, adaptable than for-profit private providers....

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There are only 24 hours left to have your say on a new law that will funnel public money into private, profit-making tertiary education institutions. It takes less than three minutes to make a submission to the Select Committee of MPs considering the law change – and the TEU has provided everything you need. More than 1,800 people have so far written to the Select Committee urging them to reject changes that would require all future...

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Māori university graduates say that support from whānau is the most important factor that helped them to complete their qualifications, according to research published by the University of Otago’s National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR). Respondents said their whānau provided practical support like accommodation and childcare, as well as emotional support and the motivation to succeed. However, the findings also show that...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 7 The tertiary education sector is failing to meet the needs of Māori staff and students, according to research carried out by the Tertiary Education Union. Results from the TEU’s forthcoming state of the sector survey point to a worsening learning environment and a decline in the provision of support services for Māori students and communities. There is also a strong sense among Māori staff that the tertiary...

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The He Toki Apprenticeship Trust’s work to support Māori trainees through their apprenticeships is expanding into the civil construction sector, according to a recent announcement. Working in partnership with City Care and JFC, the expansion will enable the He Toki Trust to support both the Canterbury and Kaikōura rebuild. He Toki, Programme Manager, Kym Hamilton, said the expansion would not only help to get more Māori into the...

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