Governance of universities across NZ is set to change

By Maiki Sherman

Some Māori academic professors are concerned for the survival of dedicated Māori seats on university councils. This follows proposed changes announced by the Govt which would see some governance settings removed for universities.

At Waikato University, there are two dedicated Māori seats on its council, positions which are under threat by the Govt, according to Professor Pou Temara.

Of the eight universities in NZ, according to Pou Temara, only four have dedicated Mäori seats. Under the Govt's plan, those specific representative seats will be removed, with universities able to retain them at their own wish.  The Kīngitanga has a seat with Waikato University.

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi has already downsized its council.  CEO Graham Smith says they're focused on one thing. 

In regards to Māori tertiary institutes, tailored governance settings are also part of the announced changes, to reflect their unique ideology.   

Consultation is currently underway and is being undertaken by the Ministry of Education.