April 02, 2018
Wananga setting own value on naming right
The country’s three Maori tertiary institutions can now apply to call themselves universities, but the head of Whakatane’s Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi says it won’t change the way they operate.
Wiremu Doherty says having an alternate title may help it attract overseas students who want to pursue an indigenous education.
He says wananga have developed their own ways of doing things, rather than waiting for the university sector to put a seal of approval on what can be taught.
"Maori are no longer interested in having their world view portrayed and described through somebody else’s set of values and principles. We want it explained, defined on our own knowledge, on our own theoretical structures, and on the own structures we are yet to create. What excited me is the ability of knowing that will add value to New Zealand Inc, let alone Maori, " Professor Doherty says.
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