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
- "Only an education system that can succeed with this wave of new students will be able to respond both to the challenge of increasing diversity in the community and the needs of a new economy."
- "Through the Education Act 1989, the University Councils have explicit responsibilities for supporting the success of all: 181 Duties of councils It is the duty of the council of an institution, in the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers,— … (c) to encourage the greatest possible participation by the communities served by the institution so as to maximise the educational potential of all members of those communities with particular emphasis on those groups in those communities that are under-represented among the students of the institution.Hence, through both legislation and investment plans, universities are contracted to expand and increase participation and achievement."
- "This means focusing on outcomes and raising performance—especially for Māori and Pacific learners, where the biggest gains are to be made."
- "If we look at Pasifika peoples, the first point is one of community."
- "The focus on priority groups in universities is vitally important to student supply for universities and to New Zealand society overall."
- "If one part of that citizenry is benefitting more from the ways in which a university operates, then that is not democracy for all."
- "Nussbaum argues that thinking about the aims of education has gone disturbingly awry both in the United States and abroad."
- "The expectation of equity and reduced disparities is consistent with legislation for participation and success of all."
- "The Guidance is very clear: During 2013 to 2015, New Zealand’s tertiary education system needs to make a bigger contribution to economic growth and it needs to do it within current levels of government investment."
- "In truth, universities enjoy more independence than they often themselves admit."