Hau Taki Haere | Tertiary Update Vol 24, No 18

TEU members stand in solidarity to address racism in the tertiary education sector at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. With an open letter signed by 7,000 academics around the world in support of Māori academics, and the hashtag #BecauseofLindaTuhiwaiSmith trending on twitter, hundreds of submissions have reportedly been made by concerned parties, including TEU, as part of the university’s independent review into institutional and casual racism.

TEU supports the initiative of an independent review, which ended last week, but has expressed a number of concerns around the manner in which it proceeded. In particular, TEU was concerned with the short time frame allowed for the process and the failure of the review to acknowledge and embrace a tikanga Māori process.

TEU’s position is that institutional, structural and systemic racism is endemic in the tertiary education sector. The concerns that prompted the inquiry are not isolated, they are genuine and reflect the experience of many kaimahi Māori over a long period. The institution needs to look at its history, as the issues of institutional and structural racism have been longstanding and reflect a multiplicity of incidents over the institutions history.

According to TEU Tumu Whakarae, Dr Michael Gilchrist,

“It is the TEU’s view that this issue will not be fully addressed by a one-off review with limited terms of reference. Rather there should be a facilitated conversation to establish the process for writing and implementing a plan to address structural and institutional racism.

TEU reiterates our awhi and tautoko for kaimahi Māori and TEU members at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato as we await the findings of the review, and encourages the university to lead in a collaborative sector-wide approach to addressing the entrenched issue of racism across the tertiary education sector”.

Also in this update:

Introducing the Candidates for Industrial and Professional Vice-President Grant Bush and Dr Julie Douglas

Hūhana Wātene to continue as Te Tumu Arataki

Suffrage Day 2020 provides an opportunity to consider our General Election vote

From pain to courage: Opening the door to te ao Māori

Innovative technologies to support Te Reo Māori

TEU to release inaugural journal, Te Mātūi

Other news:

Ngāti Porou join Waikato University racism hīkoi – Te Ao

A matter of trust: Victoria University staff speak out over divided campus – Stuff

Time for Māori to lead universities – Waatea News

Hayne agrees to meeting over med school admissions – ODT

Tertiary Education Union on the pros and cons of Labour's education plans – Newstalk ZB