Lincoln University administrators did some consulting before answering questions first sent to them on September 21. They finally answered the questions – about the incorporation of matauranga Maori in science classes – earlier this month but won’t say who was consulted.
The short answer is yes, it is incorporated in their science classes.
- Is Maori knowledge incorporated in science courses, at Lincoln University
2. If so, when was it introduced to science courses, why was it introduced, and is it incorporated in all science courses or just some?
Maori knowledge content began to be introduced into some courses at Lincoln University from around 2005 by individual lecturers who were motivated to do so. Currently some courses available in 2018 have Maori knowledge content.
The university has been somewhat sparse with the information it provided and is not disclosing the identities of the people whom it consulted after insisting Bob Edlin’s questions be dealt with under the Official Information Act.
All other universities approached for information had replied by early November. All but the University of Auckland said yes, they did incorporate Maori knowledge in science as well as other courses. Continue reading “Lincoln University at last says it, too, includes Maori knowledge in its science classes”
LONDON CORRESPONDENT: As the Christmas truce approaches, the EU and UK have set out their respective plans for how they will respond if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March next year without a withdrawal agreement. The announcements are proof of the increasing likelihood of ‘no deal‘ Brexit; they also have the potential to drive the parties towards the very outcome for which they are the contingency.
The EU preparations bear a passing resemblance to the War of the Roses battle cry of “kill the nobles, spare the commons”. Steps will be taken to avoid inconveniencing individuals by keeping flights running, protecting the rights of UK residents of the EU and so forth, while going slow on measures to help UK businesses to deal with the flood of new obligations – like border and veterinary checks, licensing requirements, tariffs etc – that will descend overnight.
The hope is that the disruption, and in some cases stoppage, of trade will show the UK government and electorate the error of their ways and ideally bring them to heel. Continue reading “Brexit: no-deal contingency plans could encourage a deal being struck”
The government makes appointments to 429 state sector boards and committees every year, according to Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa. This gives Ministers several opportunities to wield power by making appointments or recommending them, creating a perception that appointments are a form of political patronage.
Ministers proudly announce an array of other appointments, such as judges and overseas envoys.
The past week’s announcements include a batch of diplomatic appointments by Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters. All the jobs have gone to career diplomats.
Associate Justice Minister Jan Logie drew attention to the first day of work for a Māori advisory group – Te Rōpū – which has been appointed to help transform the whole-of-government response to family violence, sexual violence and violence within whānau.
Did we miss a ministerial announcement of the 10 new appointments?
An accompanying document provided us with the names of the interim appointees.
The interim chair is Prue Kapua, president of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, who landed another job a few weeks ago when she became one of three new members added to the Waitangi Tribunal. Tribunal members are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Māori Development.
Point of Order’s weekly monitoring of Beehive press statements to learn who has been favoured by ministerial appointments in the past week shows this … Continue reading “Ministerial appointments monitor – jobs for the boys (and jobs for the girls, too)”
Describe the leader of the Opposition as “Simple Simon”, and it’s all a bit of a lark. Yes, Jacinda Ardern did have to withdraw and apologise in Parliament after she responded to a question from Opposition leader Simon Bridges with reference to a character in a childhood nursery rhyme.
Ardern was elected on a promise to bring a kinder and nicer face to politics, of course, as a scribe at Stuff pointed out.
So is it kind and nice to respond to Bridges’ question: ” It’s quite simple…..Simon”
Ardern might have been paying Bridges a compliment, of course, saying he is uncomplicated, clear, plain and understandable (yeah,right!). Those happen to be among the several meanings of “simple” – but:
“If you say that someone is simple, you mean that they are not very intelligent and have difficulty learning things.” Continue reading “How MPs can unleash the furies by throwing barbs like ‘stupid’”
Deputy PM Winston Peters has lit a firestorm in his own support base over the government’s decision to sign the controversial UN Migration Compact—a move National says it will overturn.
NZ First’s Facebook page went into overdrive as one-time NZ First voters voiced their anger. After all, NZ First campaigned strongly against the previous government’s immigration policies and stood out in demanding stricter controls on migration.
Now the party appears willing to adopt the UN’s rules on open, regular migration.
So did Peters miscalculate? In Parliament he had been using the UN compact to bait National, because it was the government in 2016 when offering support as the compact was being initiated. Continue reading “UN compact: Peters’ supporters fear he hasn’t put NZ First”
Chris Seed has been confirmed as Secretary of Foreign Affairs & Trade, as Point of Order earlier foreshadowed. An experienced diplomat, he succeeds Brook Barrington who the State Services Commission named as CEO of the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet.
Seed, who recently returned to NZ after serving a five-year term as High Commissioner to Canberra, is expected to work closely with Foreign Minister Winston Peters on his Pacific Reset policies.
His appointment is understood to have been extremely well received by senior staff in MFAT, whose morale was severely bruised during the era of John Allen as CEO. It is known that Peters has been keen to return MFAT to the slot it enjoyed before the Allen era as one of the key sources of advice to Cabinet, not just on foreign and trade policies but in other areas of national security. Continue reading “MFAT’s prestige is expected to bloom again, now the ministry has gone to Seed”
The Green Party’s food policy may need revisiting, in the light of research published in the past week.
The policy was introduced in May 2017 by Green Party MP Mojo Mathers, who lost her list place in Parliament at the general election.
How we produce, distribute and consume food is of critical importance to growing
resilient healthy communities, minimising our ecological footprint and maintaining a
stable economy, she said. That’s why food policy lies at the heart of Green policy.
“Aotearoa New Zealand can reap multiple benefits from a healthy and equitable food system that ensures environmental protection, social connection, and healthy communities.”
Continue reading “Research suggests we should take a harder look at the benefits of organic foods”