The Pakaru ‘Pipeline’: Māori and Pasifika Pathways within the Academy

  • Sereana Naepi University of Auckland http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6067-9014
  • Tara G. McAllister University of Auckland
  • Patrick Thomsen University of Auckland
  • Marcia Leenen-Young University of Auckland
  • Leilani A. Walker University of Auckland
  • Anna L. McAllister Te Aitanga a Māhaki
  • Reremoana Theodore University of Otago
  • Joanna Kidman Victoria University of Wellington
  • Tamasailau Suaaliia University of Auckland

Abstract

We examine the academic ‘pipeline’ for Māori and Pasifika graduates and illustrate the chronic under-representation of Māori and Pasifika in permanent academic positions in New Zealand universities. We identify areas within higher education where significant opportunities are being lost for the recruitment and retention of Māori and Pasifika. The narratives of Māori and Pasifika post-doctoral researchers, research associates and professional teaching fellows provide further insight into the advantages and disadvantages of these positions. Lastly, we propose a Pacific alternative metaphor ‘Pacific Navigation of Academic Pathways’ based on Pacific navigation, as opposed to the more commonly used term ‘pipeline’, in order to capture the nuances of Pasifika and Māori experiences.

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Author Biographies

Sereana Naepi, University of Auckland

The research team behind this paper is made up of emerging and established Māori and Pasifika academics from across various universities. We are a cross-disciplinary team that includes education, sociology, psychology, fine arts, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, social and biological sciences, criminology, Pacific studies, Māori health, and international studies.

Tara G. McAllister, University of Auckland

The research team behind this paper is made up of emerging and established Māori and Pasifika academics from across various universities. We are a cross-disciplinary team that includes education, sociology, psychology, fine arts, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, social and biological sciences, criminology, Pacific studies, Māori health, and international studies.

Patrick Thomsen, University of Auckland

The research team behind this paper is made up of emerging and established Māori and Pasifika academics from across various universities. We are a cross-disciplinary team that includes education, sociology, psychology, fine arts, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, social and biological sciences, criminology, Pacific studies, Māori health, and international studies.

Marcia Leenen-Young, University of Auckland

The research team behind this paper is made up of emerging and established Māori and Pasifika academics from across various universities. We are a cross-disciplinary team that includes education, sociology, psychology, fine arts, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, social and biological sciences, criminology, Pacific studies, Māori health, and international studies.

Leilani A. Walker, University of Auckland

The research team behind this paper is made up of emerging and established Māori and Pasifika academics from across various universities. We are a cross-disciplinary team that includes education, sociology, psychology, fine arts, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, social and biological sciences, criminology, Pacific studies, Māori health, and international studies.

Anna L. McAllister, Te Aitanga a Māhaki

The research team behind this paper is made up of emerging and established Māori and Pasifika academics from across various universities. We are a cross-disciplinary team that includes education, sociology, psychology, fine arts, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, social and biological sciences, criminology, Pacific studies, Māori health, and international studies.

Reremoana Theodore, University of Otago

The research team behind this paper is made up of emerging and established Māori and Pasifika academics from across various universities. We are a cross-disciplinary team that includes education, sociology, psychology, fine arts, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, social and biological sciences, criminology, Pacific studies, Māori health, and international studies.

Joanna Kidman, Victoria University of Wellington

The research team behind this paper is made up of emerging and established Māori and Pasifika academics from across various universities. We are a cross-disciplinary team that includes education, sociology, psychology, fine arts, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, social and biological sciences, criminology, Pacific studies, Māori health, and international studies.

Tamasailau Suaaliia, University of Auckland

The research team behind this paper is made up of emerging and established Māori and Pasifika academics from across various universities. We are a cross-disciplinary team that includes education, sociology, psychology, fine arts, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, social and biological sciences, criminology, Pacific studies, Māori health, and international studies.

Published
2020-03-04
How to Cite
NAEPI, Sereana et al. The Pakaru ‘Pipeline’: Māori and Pasifika Pathways within the Academy. The New Zealand Annual Review of Education, [S.l.], v. 24, p. 142-159, mar. 2020. ISSN 1178-3311. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/nzaroe/article/view/6338>. Date accessed: 21 sep. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/nzaroe.v24i0.6338.