Last week, it was announced that Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, the National Institute of Research Excellence for Maori Development and Advancements, would no longer receive funding. What era are we living in when, governance so easily disassembles pathways toward empowerment for communities? This is an open statement by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, author of ‘Decolonising Methodologies’.
Over the past week the Māori research, academic and wider Māori community has been dealing with the announcement that the Tertiary Education Commission, through the Royal Society of New Zealand, will not be continuing support for Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga.
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is the National Institute of Research Excellence for Māori Development and Advancement and is one of seven national Centres of Research Excellence that were selected for funding by the New Zealand Government in 2002 and subsequently, established as an Institute on 1 July 2002.
This ‘Open Statement’ has been released by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith who was a Founding Co-Director of Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga with Professor Michael Walker. Te Wharepora Hou invited Professor Smith to share her response as a Guest Contributor and do so in support of the critical views raised.
An Open Statement on the true impact…
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