Is not the word belief systems code for religion?
A concept rooted in Māori spiritual belief – mauri – is widely used in environmental research, monitoring, and restoration work in New Zealand. It has been absorbed within university studies, too, and mātauranga Māori is being taught in science courses.
Victoria University of Wellington “encourages” its staff and students to teach, research and learn about mātauranga Māori as part of their studies.
Faculty of Science staff have not been exempted from this institutional acculturation. They
” … have been actively participating in the University’s Te Hāpai professional development programme, which helps them to learn more about Te Reo Māori, tikanga Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi. We have found that as people learn more about the Māori culture they become more comfortable and confident about teaching Māori material.”
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