February 03, 2021
Partnership failure leads to Unitec Maori exodus
The former chair of Te Rūnanga o Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka says Unitec's refusal to share power is a breach of trust and confidence.
Tui Ah Loo quit after the appointment of a new board and CEO following a period in which Auckland's largest polytechnic had been run by a commissioner.
Her deputy Megan Tunks and rūnanga member Hare Rua also quit.
She says Unitec's inability to commit to true partnership drove her to remove a photograph of her father, the late Sir John Turei, from the Unitec boardroom.
"My father told me there were two types of people in life – kaore te mōhio – 'I don't know, I don't understand,' and kūware, 'I know, but I'm not going to do it anyhow,'" Ms Ah Loo says.
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