Wānanga councils should reveal consultation plan

Posted By TEU on Apr 23, 2015 |

While universities are consulting with staff, students and alumni about what their councils will look like next year under Steven Joyce’s new law, wānanga have not revealed their plans yet.

Lincoln finished its public consultation yesterday, Auckland, Victoria, and Massey are consulting with their staff.  But Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi have not revealed to TEU how they plan to restructure their new councils to meet the new legal requirement, or even how they plan to consult on this issue.

TEU national president Sandra Grey says that is not acceptable.

“There is a tight timeframe for universities and wānanga to get their new councils in place for next year, and there are a lot of public issues to consider – the voice of local communities, the role of local iwi, but also other Māori at the wānanga, protecting the autonomy of tertiary education institutions, ensuring the role of critic and conscience is safeguarded, a voice for women, an understanding of teaching and research, and more.”

“The wider wānanga community needs and deserves time to consider these issues and have its say.”

Grey says TEU is working with members at both Aotearoa and Awanuiārangi to help them participate in the nationwide campaign for one-third of council seats to be set aside for democratically elected staff and students, but it is hard when it seems there is no one ready to listen yet.

Thanks to Phillip Capper at Flickr for the photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/flissphil/3726220834/

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