chapter  5
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The Politics of Reforming Maori Education: The Transforming Potential of Kura Kaupapa Maori

The most significant crisis presently confronting New Zealand educationists relates to high and disproportionate levels of inequality experienced by Maori both within and as a result of the education system. This situation is not a recent occurrence. Analyses of past policy initiatives have shown that policies ostensibly intended to alter this have not only failed, they have also acted detrimentally toward the interests of the very people they were supposed to assist.1