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
- "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."
- "We as Māori and Pasifika are integral to the identity of the university."
- "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."
- "This means focusing on outcomes and raising performance—especially for Māori and Pacific learners, where the biggest gains are to be made."
- "Priority groups and targets Universities have emerged as vital institutions of post-industrial democracies, taking on a range of social tasks."
- "More Pasifika peoples are born in New Zealand than overseas, which means that Pasifika peoples can no longer be considered an immigrant population."
- "I think we all should be, for the advancement of communities and for the good of New Zealand."
- "A critically responsive approach to university strategy and planning recognises when the institution delivers for some yet not for all and makes changes to its practices; the onus being on the university to ensure more effective engagement with underserved students."
- "We see too the possibilities for expanding research through Māori and Pasifika ways of creating knowledge and advancing learning."
- "Pasifika students have the lowest completion rates of any group."