August 28, 2014
Maori students find voice
Maori tertiary students meeting at Ratana Pa for their annual conference say it's important their view be heard within the sector.
Tumuaki Ivy Harper says Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Akonga is an opportunity for Maori tertiary students to discuss and debate topical issues, participate in cultural and sporting activities and to raise awareness about some of the issues that impact on Maori students at tertiary institutions and within the wider community.
She says it's important to create space for Maori within tertiary institutions.
"Many of our tauira come from an environment where they are supported, their world view is acknowledged and the matauranga for Maori is a given. Whereas when you move into these other environments, while there are so many other things to learn, the students don't always get the support that they need," Ms Harper says.
Te Mana Akonga, the national Maori students associaiton, is also concerned about reforms trimming the sized of university councils, because it makes it harder for a Maori voice to be heard.
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