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."
- "Even so, some within universities may feel that the pulse of their autonomy is under threat by linking national strategy, in the interests of the public good, to institutional strategy."
- "If we look at Pasifika peoples, the first point is one of community."
- "New Zealand has planned for greater success and invested public funds accordingly, some $2.7 billion annually."
- "Rather, we must work to connect the curriculum of study at universities to the intention for students to have the capacity to be true democratic citizens of their countries and the world."
- "This paper addresses this challenge by critically examining the importance of priority groups and equity targets for universities, and the social contract between universities and the public to achieve equity for Māori and Pasifika students."
- "The social contract Borrowed from political theory, the metaphor of a social contract emphasises the democratic role of the university."
- "This is our university public."
- "By 2030, Pasifika people will be one out of every eight in the younger (15–39 years) workforce."
- "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."