March 20, 2014
Fighting talk from Maori academics
Maori academics have vowed to fight on against the removal of funding for the centre for Maori research excellence, Nga Pae O Te Maramatanga.
More than 100 of them attended a hastily-called workshop at Auckland University’s Waipapa Marae yesterday to look at the state on Maori research and assess options.
Leonie Pihama from Waikato University says the Tertiary Education Commission needs to revisit its decision, because no allowance was made for Maori.
She says the Crown needs to be held to account for the way it is ignoring the needs and interests of its treaty partner when allocating resources to tertiary education.
"We need to go to the table as a treaty partner. We need to be engaging as a treaty partner. We need to get these things embedded and secure so they are not reliant on every five years having a panel say ‘no!’ Because that’s actually what happened in this situation. You had a panel of half a dozen people say no, with no Maori input," Dr Pihama says.
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