New Zealand is constantly portrayed as a bicultural country with Maori being one of the main groups that inhabit the nation and English, Dutch and Danish descendants-amongst others-being the second more populous group that cohabitates the southern country. But sadly, sometimes what is percieved to be true because of the media and other communication means doesn’t become true in reality.
Here is where education comes in, with a really important role to play in helping people fashion their own criteria and beliefs regarding biculturalism, non discrimination and equality. There are many universities in Auckland (New Zealand’s biggest city) that are supposed to teach these things to young adults. The one that I have attended during my time as an exchange student is called Unitec, and is located in a suburb called Mount Albert.
|One of Unitec’s buildings at the Mount Albert Campus. Source: http://www.look4design.co.nz/pages/gallery.asp?company_id=53|
This university’s values are strongly based on the principles of inclusion, equality and accepting people regardless of their background; they even were the main sponsors of Auckland’s last Gay Pride Parade which took place in February. Unitec also has an international community of students that come from over 80 countries. But how well are they doing in terms of including Maori culture into their lessons and into campus life generally? A couple of my classmates and I wanted to find out. So we interviewed a few Unitec students-both international and domestic-and this is what we came up with:
Hope you enjoyed it. See you next time 🙂