Wananga’s budget cut after poor performance

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(Radio NZ) The Tertiary Education Commission has cut $1.9 million of funding from one of the three wananga due to the institution’s poor performance.

Te Wananga O Raukawa’s budget has been reduced because just 43% of undergraduates finish their studies at the Otaki-based institution.

Couse completion is about double that at the country’s other two wananga – Te Wananga o Aotearoa (76%) and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi (89%).

The commission and the wananga have been working together since last year to improve performance, agreeing on a new target completion rate of 55%.

Te Wananga o Raukawa founder Whatarangi Winiata says it should be measured against being committed to maximising its contribution to the survival of Maori as a people.

He says the Crown has an obligation to treat Maori differently

Professor Winiata says Maori have tino rangatiratanga, or sovereignty over their taonga, or treasures – and included in taonga is matauranga Maori, or knowledge.

However, the commission says the Government is funding a formal qualifications approach to tertiary education and believes better employment and earnings are achieved when people gain formal qualifications.

Copyright 2011, Radio New Zealand

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