October 11, 2020
Review shows need for Maori university
Calls are growing for a Māori university.
Former Awanuiārangi chief executive Gary Raumati Hook says the Gardiner-Parata report on Waikato University, while clearing the university of charges of racism, showed something was amiss not just at Waikato but elsewhere.
Former Māori Trustee Neville Baker says he and Professor Hook are seeking a meeting with the Tertiary Education Commission to push for a full university, rather than current wānanga which are treated by the university system as polytechnics.
He says historically Māori were blocked from tertiary education, and mainstream universities are still not giving Māori a fair share of resources.
"I mean I’m very strong now in terms of equality of delivery of resources under the treaty and if you go back to 1840 when they set up the Māori protectorate, it was about ensuring Māori had an equal share of the resources being contemplated then and for the future so we could develop in our own special way using our own cultural expertise," Mr Baker says.
He says other indigenous countries have their own universities, and it’s time for Māori to join them.
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