Northland’s largest tertiary provider, NorthTec has rejected a proposal to restructure its management to enable the establishment of a new Maori advisory role.
It follows the release of a report by the Tertiary Education Union which found many tertiary providers disestablished Maori support roles.
In a written statement to Te Kaea the organisation said, the proposal was withdrawn following consultation.
As part of the Senior Management Teams restructure proposal at Northtec, the institute wanted to merge academic support functions into one leadership position.
But NorthTec will now create a new Advisor Maori role and keep the tertiary provider’s current Senior Management Team.
On behalf of NorthTec's Chief Executive Paul Binney, the statement says, “This position is specifically designed to assist NorthTec to improve educational outcomes for Māori students and to increase further the organisation’s engagement with Māori stakeholders.”
The Advisor Maori role will report directly to the Chief Executive, in the same capacity as NorthTec’s kaumatua role.
The statement also says, “Both will provide advice and guidance to the Chief Executive and governing Council; the Advisor Māori will work at the highest level to ensure that Māori students’ needs are met.”
Outside of the proposed restructure, NorthTec's former Director Maori position was disestablished some time ago.
The institute's Director Learner Support position has since taken on the Director Maori role's responsibilities.
Nearly 60% of NorthTec’s students are Maori.