19 Feb 2010

Five doctoral candidates at Whangarei campus of Maori uni

6:09 am on 19 February 2010

A move by Te Whare Waananga o Awanuiarangi into Tai Tokerau is paying off, with five candidates wanting to complete doctorates through the Whangarei campus of the Whakatane-based Maori university.

Operations director Te Tuhi Robust says candidates must affiliate with Northland but don't have to be Maori.

He says Awanuiarangi is the only one of the three wananga which can provide PhDs.

Dr Robust told Waatea news the doctoral candidates are studying everything from the role of Maori women in business leadership, to church and family histories and the cultural importance of William Shakespeare to Maori.