Sunday, November 2, 2014
Mike Butler: Maori students avoid gravy train
In 2012 there were 10 Maori students in the Maori Business programme and 360 in mainstream commerce programmes, according to Dean of Commerce Professor Bob Buckle.
No details of Maori business programme papers were available in the notice posted on the university’s website dated October 16, 2014, apart from a note that the School of Maori Studies there offers a major in Maori Resource Management, alongside other courses, that cover material similar.
The Maori Studies Department website at Victoria University Maori business topics included: Management of Maori Resources, Maori authorities, Maori small business, the treaty settlement process, advanced management of Maori resources, Maori business and entrepreneurship, and Maori culture and intellectual property issues.
The axed programme was established in 2000 and run by senior lecturers Matene Love and Aroha Mead.
Mead blamed the university when she said that “all that could have been done wasn’t done” to enhance and grow the programme. “It makes any future discussions about Maori-led teaching and research and Victoria Business School relationships with iwi and Maori businesses difficult”, she said.
However, anyone who has had anything to do with Victoria University know the extent to which administrators bend over backwards to smooth the way for Maori and Pacifika students with race-based mentoring, separate state-of-the-art facilities, and support groups to produce Maori and Pacific graduates, as the university says, who will contribute to Maori and Pacific community development and leadership.
Matene Love is the son of Sir Ngatata Love who was a professor of Maori business in the School of Management at Victoria University when he retired at the end of 2011.
In 2012, Sir Ngatata stepped aside from a number of positions representing Maori when the Serious Fraud Office said it was investigating $50-million of Wellington property sales in relation to the Wellington Tenths Trust.
It appears Maori commerce students don’t see the Treaty of Waitangi gravy train as a viable future and are opting for subjects that would give them a better chance of employment beyond graduation.
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