February 13, 2024
Ruru ready to make waves at Otago
Māori academic Ella Henry says the appointment of Jacinta Ruru as the University of Otago’s first deputy vice-chancellor Māori is a great step for the sector.
Professor Ruru, from Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui me Ngāti Maniapoto, teaches both entry-level courses as well as building a thriving indigenous law post-graduate programme.
She’s also a former Fulbright scholar and has won a Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Excellence in Tertiary Teaching.
Professor Henry, from Auckland University of Technology, says she’s already made a significant contribution to Maori knowledge.
“People have accused Maori academics of being elite in some way but the reality is you learn the story of all of our backgrounds, our whanau, our histories, all of us come from very humble backgrounds. We are all in the tertiary sector to make a difference for our people and I have nothng but the utmost congratulatons for Jacinta. She is a fabulous, awesome woman and I think she is going to make a real difference down there,” she says.