17 Feb 2021

Māori scholars on being a minority in academia

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 17 February 2021

Just five percent of the tertiary sector's teaching and research staff are Māori - a statistic that remains stubbornly low. A new book has brought together the stories of 24 Māori academics, allowing them to detail how they've worked in their respective fields to bring their mātauranga - or Māori knowledge - to their work.

The book, Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Māori Scholars at the Research Interface, seeks to demonstrate how mātauranga can positively influence Western-dominated disciplines of knowledge in the research sector. Kathryn talks to the co-editors of the book, Professor Jacinta Ruru from Otago University and Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora from the University of Auckland.

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