This report presents the findings of a Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) research project that sought to investigate “whitestreaming” in universities, and institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs), that is, where specialist Māori positions have been changed to generalist positions. In particular, the project sought to investigate whether whitestreaming has been a widespread practice across these institutions or whether it has been isolated to particular institutions and positions. The project also sought to investigate the impacts of whitestreaming on Māori staff and students.
The project has been informed by a kaupapa Māori approach which is concerned with supporting Māori self-determination. As such, the report makes a number of recommendations for ways in which the TEU might support and contribute to the self-determination of their Māori members in their workplaces.