Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Māori Party celebrates Wānanga students’ success

Te Ururoa Flavell
Māori Party Co-Leader | MP for Waiariki

11 April 2014

Māori Party celebrates Wānanga students’ success

The Māori Party congratulates all 2400 students graduating from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi today, and says it is so proud of the achievements of these students and the contribution that Wānanga are making to Māori educational achievement.

“I am so proud of the achievements of these 2400 graduates, their whānau, and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi,” said Party Co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell.

“We often talk about Māori educational success, but this small wānanga in Whakatāne is showing it is producing the goods. 96% of their students are Māori, and today they are celebrating their achievements, their hard work and success.”

“There was a time in our history when you could count the number of Māori graduates on one hand. Some institutions still struggle to ensure Māori course completions. What the whānau, students, staff and community of Awanuiārangi have shown, is that Māori can excel in education, and it is possible to produce large scale success for Māori when you expect success, and provide a culturally relevant learning model.”

“With all the issues currently facing the tertiary sector, I really want to acknowledge the hard work of the wānanga in producing solid outcomes for Māori tertiary students,” said Mr Flavell.

“We are often focused on what doesn’t work for Māori in our system, and it’s about time that we celebrated our successes, and look to learn from what is working. Obviously, the wānanga model is working for our people, and the proof is in the 2400 graduates across a range of programmes including degree, post-graduate and doctoral levels.”

“I hope that the wider tertiary sector is taking note of what is happening here, and is looking towards developing models to ensure that Māori students are succeeding equally in their own institutions.”

“Māori learners and the three wānanga face unique challenges in the tertiary education space, and the Māori Party wants to see barriers to Māori participation, such as recent changes to student loans and allowances, are reduced. We also want to see investment into Māori development models that work, and a commitment to ensuring Government policies should not diminish Māori participation, but produce practices and attitudes that create an even playing field for Māori learners, and Māori organisations, allowing for equal outcomes that lead to Māori success.”

“I hope that the Minister of Tertiary Education is taking in exactly what has been achieved by our wānanga and their contribution to transforming the wellbeing of our Māori communities. I also hope he takes note of the success that is possible for Māori students when the right kind of support is around them,” said Mr Flavell.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news