March 16, 2016
Maori jobs cut in universities
The Tertiary Education Union wants an end to whitestreaming in universities and polytechs.
That's the process of replacing specialist Maori jobs and services with generalist ones.
Union president Sandra Grey says the most vulnerable are staff who provide academic support and pastoral care to Maori students.
She says the government must restore the equity funding that made the positions possible in the first place, and every institution should restore the positions they have cut.
Maori vice-president James Houkamau says whitestreaming undermines kaupapa Maori teaching, course content and programmes.
He says institutions have failed to invest in their Maori students and they’re neglecting their duties under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
The TEU is launching its Project Whitestreaming report and recommendations at a hui at the EIT Tairawhiti campus in Gisborne on Saturday.
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