The policies of deception – avoiding accountability to the Maori people



"We have officially moved from an education policy of assimilation through the integration policies espoused in the Hunn Report to a position of putting a positive value on cultural diversity. Yet there are persistent Maori voices telling us nothing has changed. They say we have been practicing policies of deception that disguise the underlying reality of Pakeha domination and allow it to continue. The connection between society and schooling needs analysis but there is insufficient space here. This article concentrates on how the power imbalance is evidence in the secondary education system and discusses changes to that system."

Table of contents

The Pakeha presence — Appropriating taha Maori — Cultual deficit — Change — Alternative schooling — Our esponse — Notes.

Primary author: Thorsen, Keith

Author biography: Pākehā

Publisher: PPTA Journal

Publication format: Magazine article

Publication date: May 1987

Publication place: Auckland

Publication status: Okay to copy

Publication availability: Yes

Publication location: Treaty Resource Centre

Catalog reference: APW-1 – Archive Project Waitangi and Education 2: Programme on Racism Box 4

Content type: Injustice, Policy

Sector: Community, Education – secondary, Education – tertiary

Informal group: Māori, Pākehā

Culture related topics: Racism

General related topics: Equity/justice/fairness

Historical period: 20th

Resources: Culture