10 Dec 2009

Exclusion of Treaty references seen as "negative"

7:19 am on 10 December 2009

The head of Canterbury University's school of Maori and Indigenous Studies says the exclusion of references to the Treaty of Waitangi in education policy is starting to have a negative impact.

Rawiri Taonui says the new national standards developed for Education Minister Anne Tolley ignore any sort of Maori dimension.

He says Maori ideas and communities are being left out of the mix in favour of a "one size-fits-all" formula.

Rawiri Taonui told Waatea News the national standards testing regime will do nothing to lift Maori performance.