THE UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO COUNCIL
We, the undersigned, stand in support of Māori academics who have spoken out about long-term, unresolved systemic and casual racism they have experienced at the University of Waikato.
We believe that the situation at the University of Waikato is serious and requires urgent attention. The employment and career prospects of Māori scholars who have made these disclosures should also be protected and their concerns addressed by the university leadership.
Recent research shows that despite the proliferation of formal institutional commitments to diversity, gender equity, and New Zealand human rights legislation, most Māori academics in New Zealand universities personally experience or have witnessed structural or everyday racism in their work environments. It is crucial that these institutional practices are exposed and resolved wherever they are identified.