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'Absolutely necessary': AUSA president defends designated space for Māori and Pasifika students

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 27 Mar 2024, 6:18pm
An area for Māori and Pasifika students at Auckland University has stirred controversy.
An area for Māori and Pasifika students at Auckland University has stirred controversy.

'Absolutely necessary': AUSA president defends designated space for Māori and Pasifika students

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 27 Mar 2024, 6:18pm

Auckland University's Student Association is holding firm on giving minority students designated spaces.

A sign outside a campus study area - now removed - read: “This is a designated area for Māori and Pasifika students”.

ACT Party spokesperson Parmjeet Parmar called it reminiscent of an ugly past New Zealand's left behind.

Association president Alan Shaker says they are absolutely necessary.

"We've got a women's space, a queer space, we've got a lot of tuākana spaces, we've got a Muslim prayer spaces- and this is no different from that."

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