Dr Airini is Head of the School of Critical Studies in Education. Her major research and professional interests revolve around issues of ethnicity and equity in education, particularly higher education. http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/airini
- "The Pacific population is youthful, with 38% (100,344 people) aged under 15 years."
- "Completion rates show that the university sector is not serving some groups of students well."
- "What we may have considered previously to be a matter for debate is no longer such."
- "The tertiary sector investment is geared explicitly to the expectation of parity at least, participation and achievement at all levels by Māori and Pasifika students."
- "It is clear that it takes an entire education system, including schooling, to address issues of equity and access in higher education."
- "In addition, the supervisors themselves should take part in robust professional development if non-Māori advisors are working with Māori doctoral students."
- "As Middleton indicates, the net effect is that those population groups which have traditionally provided successful students are being ‘replaced by increasing numbers of students from groups that are traditionally underserved by higher education’."
- "In New Zealand, the ethnic make-up of the 15-39 year age group, the group most likely to participate in tertiary education, is shifting to include higher proportions of Māori, Pasifika and Asian peoples of that age."
- "Our mind’s eye sees thousands of Māori and Pasifika students."
- "In their study of Māori doctoral student experience, McKinley and colleagues described one such development."