Māori


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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Lincoln loses leader in Ekara Lewis

Lincoln loses leader in Ekara Lewis


Posted By on Nov 3, 2016

It often surprises us to find the quiet, gentle person in the room is also the resolute rock defending his people from the tide. TEU stalwart Ekara Lewis was such a rock. Lewis (Ngāti Rakaipaaka) died yesterday. Lewis worked at Lincoln University as the Māori Outreach Co-coordinator. A decade ago, he graduated from Lincoln with an honours degree in Māori Planning and Development. He was the only one of his 14 siblings to gain a...

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Student loans are contributing to growing inequality, says TEU national secretary Sharn Riggs. Statistics New Zealand released data this week showing that the top ten percent of households own well over half of the country’s total wealth. The data shows extreme inequality between ethnicities. People of European ethnicity had a median net worth of $114,000, compared with $23,000 for people of Māori ethnicity, $12,000 for Pacific...

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Minister rejects report he hasn’t read

Minister rejects report he hasn’t read


Posted By on Mar 17, 2016

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 9 Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce is dismissing a report on Māori student support without having read it. TEU’s report into whitestreaming reveals that every university in New Zealand, most polytechnics and even one wānanga have cut jobs that support Māori students. TEU will launch the report in Gisborne on Saturday 19 March at its Hui-ā-Motu. Whitestreaming is replacing specialist Māori jobs and...

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