Te Kāhui Amokura
The role of Te Kāhui Amokura is to advance and promote the collective interests of New Zealand’s universities to improve outcomes for Māori university students (tauira), Māori university staff and Māori scholarship. Te Kāhui Amokura was officially formed in 2004 and comprises the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori or Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori from each university.
- Dr Darryn Russell (Chair), Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, University of Canterbury
- Professor Cindy Kiro, Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori, The University of Auckland
- Professor Pare Keiha, Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori, AUT
- Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori, University of Waikato
- Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori, Massey University
- Professor Rawinia Higgins, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori, Victoria University of Wellington
- Dr Dione Payne, Kaiārahi Māori, Lincoln University
- Tuari Potiki, Director Māori, University of Otago
Te Kāhui Amokura Strategic Work Plan
The Te Kāhui Amokura Strategic Work Plan was endorsed by Te Pōkai Tara in February 2015. This plan identifies key policy areas for long term focus that contribute to Te Pōkai Tara overarching priorities.
Under Workstream 1: Improving outcomes for Māori Learners Te Kāhui Amokura have developed a first series of case studies detailing several 'good practice' initiatives for our tauira Māori that are taking place across the New Zealand universities.
See our latest facts and statistics about tauira Māori within our universities - Building Māori Success
The Cycle 6 Academic Audit includes an Enhancement Theme in which universities collectively address an issue which is important to individual universities and of national significance. The topic for the Cycle 6 Enhancement Theme is “Access, outcomes and opportunity for Māori students and for Pasifika students”. An Enhancement Theme Steering Group has been formed to guide and oversee theme activites and progress. Darryn Russell and Pare Keiha are Te Kāhui Amokura's representatives on this committee.
Researchers throughout our universities are working on local, national and international Māori research projects, many of which are collaborations with iwi, Māori asset holders and other Māori stakeholder groups.
All New Zealand universities are a member of Ngā Pae of Te Maramatanga (NPM). NPM conduct research of relevance to Māori communities and are an important vehicle by which New Zealand is a key player in global indigenous research and affairs. They also provide support through learning wānanga and scholarships for postgraduate students.
Te Hononga Pūkenga was created by NPM to connect researchers and to facilitate communities to access Māori researchers. If you’re going to do postgraduate study make sure you add your details to this database.
- 29 January 2019: "What would it take to achieve parity?"
- 5 July 2017: (Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand) "New evidence of personal and social benefits of university education for Māori and Pacific Peoples".
- 13 April 2017: "Universities concerned over persistent UE disparity for Māori and Pasifika".
- 31 March 2016: (Massey University) “A Guide for Good Teaching Practice: Considering Māori Students”.
- “Celebrating ten years of Māori academic achievement”
- “Major advances for indigenous involvement in NZ tertiary education”.
- “Māori academic leadership: Capacity, Capability and Character”.
- TEC “Tū Māia e te Akonga – our strategy to raise the achievement of Māori learners”
- TEC, 2013. https://www.tec.govt.nz/assets/Publications-and-others/c6434aeb71/TEC-Doing-Better-For-Maori.pdf
- Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence)
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