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Parallel education systems

and I shared a taxi from Wellington airport to the New Zealand Festival of Arts Talanoa Mau venue with a young artist from Northland, where they were both presenting. The conversation was riveting – Te Kaurinui Parata (Ngātiwai, Ngāti Pūkenga) is young, only in his early 20s, but already a mature thinker and generous with his knowledge. The aspect of the conversation that disturbed me, though, was his description of making a choice between one system of learning and another; between his university studies at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and the whakapapa knowledge systems at home. Despite nearing completion, he had left his philosophy and political science university degree

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