November 17, 2014
Courses must accept scrutiny
A stalwart of kapa haka says institutions running Maori performing arts courses need to do a better job of supporting tutors and students.
An investigation of performing and tutoring courses at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki resulted in almost 400 students being stropped of their certificates, and a programme at Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi is also under scrutiny.
Tihi Puanaki from Christchurch told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson that courses need proper oversight.
"Now I ran a kaupapa Maori for 20 years and we were always conscious you would have the eagle eye coming in looking at your kaupapa. I support kapa haka performing arts being taught anywhere because it helps our kaupapa to grow and impels our kids, but we have to have our checks and balances for ourselves first," she says.
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