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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 6. 1967.

Maori studies soon

Maori studies soon

NZSPA Reporter

The University of Waikato hopes to have its projected Maori Studies Centre admitting its first students in 1968.

An application to set up the centre has been in the hands of the University Grants Committee for the last eighteen months. The Vice-Chancellor of the university (Dr. D. R. Llewellyn) has said he would be very disappointed if approval for the Centre was not in his hands in the next few months.

He said that he would have to have the approval about six months before it was to be established. Waikato University would be able to accommodate the proposed centre in its present buildings and there were sociologists, psychologists and economists already on the university staff who will be able to devote some time to the course, he said.

A prominent worker in the field of Maori research and Professor of Psychology at the university (Dr. James Ritchie) said it was untrue to say that the centre was designed to put Maori students through a BA degree.

"The primary functions of the centre could be defined under four headings." he said. They were:

Archives which would include a specialised library collections of documents, artifacts and music and song.

Research which would be devoted primarily to education, family life, including health and welfare, land and economy, population and race relations.

Teaching which would be provided within existing courses by the extension of the BA and BEd degrees.

Field activity which would include conferences, extension work, community development, feedback of research findings and research facilitation.

"We fully expect there will be as many, and probably more. European students than Maori." he said.