Māori


Kia orana! It is Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week. Here, Frances Oberg-Nordt from Ara reflects on life as a New Zealand born Cook Islander, the importance of Cook Island Māori to her culture – and her hope that one day she will learn to speak fluent Cook Island Māori. As a non-Māori speaking Cook Islander; born and raised in Christchurch by a Cook Island mother and New Zealand born Norwegian...

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Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, Professor Stuart McCutcheon is wrong to refer to Pasifika students as “disadvantaged” when talking about their educational achievement. Speaking to Radio New Zealand about disparities between Māori and Pasifika and other New Zealand learners, McCutcheon said “a lot of the disadvantage that Māori and Pasifika students experience is in the compulsory sector.” Responding to McCutcheon’s...

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MPs voted last night to put into law a requirement that people experiencing family violence get support at work. The Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill passed in Parliament last night, 63 votes to 57, with only National and ACT voting against it. National supported the bill at first reading – with many of its MPs saying during the debate how proud they were to be backing it. But they later withdrew their support. The...

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A new government-backed campaign has been launched to help eliminate family and sexual violence, and suicidal behaviour among Pasifika young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Atu-Mai violence prevention programme has been developed to equip Pasifika young people and their families with the knowledge and tools to live violence-free. It takes an educational and skills-based approach to behavioural change across generations, and to...

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Reflections on the Education Summit

Reflections on the Education Summit


Posted By on May 24, 2018

Experts from the tertiary education sector attended the Government’s recent Education Summit in Auckland. Here, a couple of the Tertiary Education Union members that were there reflect on how the summit went. Bill Rogers, Te Tumu Arataki, TEU National Vice President Māori A very well organised and successful event where we could network and find out what was on top for educators. Reflected the success of Kura-ā-Iwi and  the kaupapa of...

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Time to break the rules

Time to break the rules


Posted By on May 24, 2018

Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, reflects on last week’s Budget and calls on the Government to change its fiscal responsibility rules so we can better pool our nation’s resources to meet the needs of all New Zealanders. When I was asked to give a movie-style star rating to the first instalment of Labour’s Budget trilogy, single measures seemed unfair, so I gave it five stars for the script, but a three...

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