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
- "If the value of Māori and Pasifika students is associated with funding imperatives and research opportunities to address need, then the job is to create the interventions for these groups until ‘the job is done’."
- "We see too that a national strategy and legislation committed to equity in representation and outcomes, at all levels of university studies."
- "This social contract is formulated over time and shaped by history, and by the needs and wants of each era."
- "Having been given a generous dose of academic freedom, we haven’t taken care of the other side of the bargain."
- "This is about liberating university curriculum and teaching in ways that affirm the contribution of Māori and Pasifika as integral to its organizational purpose and identity."
- "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."
- "Conclusion Equity in universities is about changing understandings of who belongs at university and why."
- "The social contract Borrowed from political theory, the metaphor of a social contract emphasises the democratic role of the university."
- "Genuinely belonging in the university is an ongoing challenge that Māori and Pasifika peoples continue to face."
- "We see the social contract with our communities and the public, and the duty therein."