Minister rejects report he hasn’t read

Posted By TEU on Mar 17, 2016 | 9 comments

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 services with generalist ones. For instance, whitestreaming is replacing a specific Māori academic support officer who provides academic support and pastoral care to Māori students with a general support officer who helps all students.

However Joyce told Stuff he had not read the report, but said the title was “a bit emotive and possibly deliberately so”.

When asked about the widespread trend found in the report, Joyce said: “With the greatest respect, that’s not my concern. My concern is, are Māori achieving?”

Labour’s Māori education spokesperson Adrian Rurawhe, who has read the report, is calling for an end to whitestreaming.

“It beggars belief that our tertiary institutions are doing this when they are well aware of the need for better educational outcomes for Maori and to increase the number getting post school qualifications,”he said.

TEU national president Sandra Grey is also calling for an immediate end to the job cull.

“No further Māori jobs should be cut. No further Māori students should lose their support services. Every institution should restore the positions they have cut. And the government must restore the equity funding that made these positions possible in the first place.”

TEU’s Te Tumu Arataki (Māori vice-president) James Houkāmau says the report is an indictment on New Zealand’s commitment to Māori students.

“Whitestreaming doesn’t just affect Māori who lose their jobs – it undermines kaupapa Māori teaching, course content and programmes. Our institutions have failed to invest in their Māori students and they’re neglecting their duties under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.”


Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Authority case confirms AUT’s requirement to consult
  2. No student support for compulsory tertiary teacher qualifications
  3. The Future of Work?
  4. Unions campaign to free Colombian academic
  5. Coca-Cola funding causes debate

Other news

Massey University vice-chancellor Steve Maharey is stepping down from his position after eight years. Maharey said it was simply time to “move on and do other things” – Stuff

Māori claimants are lining up to challenge the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) in the Waitangi Tribunal. The tribunal will hear nine claims from more than 20 claimants, challenging everything from the consultation process to the deal’s economic benefits – Radio NZ

Pacific Equity Partners is understood to have New Zealand education company Intueri in its sights, as the Australian-based private equity firm retains its focus across the Tasman for acquisition opportunities – The Australian

Universities are facing falling enrolments by school leavers, but the number of people learning a trade is booming – Radio NZ

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