February 25, 2014
Harvard trip on path to top
Three Maori academics are on their way to the United States for a three-day programme at Harvard University on leadership for women in higher education.
Leonie Pihama from Waikato University’s Te Kotahi Institute, Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai from the Waikato-Tainui Endowment College and Jenny Lee from Auckland University’s Maori education faculty will be looking at whether to introduce similar programmes in New Zealand.
Dr Pihama says wahine Maori need to plan their career pathway if they are to get to the top.
"Maori men tend to be more looked to for those positions. People think ‘Oh yes, we’ll look at him,’ and tend not to look at the Maori women who may have similar if not the same qualifications. That’s really because of the gender thinking that happens within society. Part of our role as women in these positions and the reason why we are going to Harvard is to look at how can we develop those pathways to support Maori women to develop those pathways," she says.
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