mātauranga Māori symposium in 2022
The university at a centre of a debate about the relationship between mātauranga Māori and science will host a symposium on the subject early next year in an attempt to restore dignity to the discussions.
It comes after a letter was published in theNew Zealand Listener in July 2021, signed by seven University of Auckland academics, claiming mātauranga Māori “falls far short of... science itself”, amid discussions on how to include it in the national secondary school curriculum.
In a statement on Tuesday, University of Auckland vice-chancellor Dawn Freshwater said the debate had since descended into “personal attacks, entrenched positions and deliberate misrepresentations of other people’s views, including my own”.
“This important and topical debate deserves better than that,” she said.
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