controversy at Waikato
Having no marae graduation at the University of Waikato is a “slap in the face”, Māori student leaders say, and they’re worried it might not just be for this April.
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The university says the “break” from usual tradition is because of short notice that the new campus pā wouldn’t be finished in time – and there was a communication breakdown.
The two groups are now in discussions about the ceremonies usually held at the campus marae, Te Kohinga Mārama.
The April marae graduation had been pencilled in for the new multi-million dollar pā at the Hamilton campus, where future ceremonies were expected to shift.
Link to article: 'Slap in the face': Marae graduation controversy at Waikato | Stuff.co.nz