Doctoral Qualifications Awarded for Maori & Pasifika Students in Science

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From: Sean Richards

Dear University of Auckland,

Please provide the following information under the Official Information Act the number of students who self-identified with the University as belonging to the following ethnic groups, broken down by ethnic group and Department / School, who were awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Science Faculty between 1996 and 2020.

The ethnic groups I would like this data for are:
- Māori
- Sāmoan
- Fijian
- Tongan
- Cook Islander
- Niuean
- Tokelauan
- Other Pacific Islander

Please let me know if you have any concerns about this request, and please acknowledge receipt when you receive it.

Ngā mihi nui,
Sean Richards

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From: Rebecca Ewert
University of Auckland

Dear Sean,

 

I refer to your request of 30 July 2021. Unfortunately, consultations
necessary to made a decision on your request are such that a proper
response to the request cannot be reasonably made within the original
time limit. Accordingly, the University has extended the time limit for
your request until 10 September 2021 under section 15A of the Official
Information Act. You have the right to make a complaint to an Ombudsman
about this extension.

 

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Ewert

General Counsel

University of Auckland

 

From: Sean Richards <[1][FYI request #16255 email]>
Sent: Friday, 30 July 2021 9:41 PM
To: legal <[2][email address]>
Subject: Official Information request - Doctoral Qualifications Awarded
for Maori & Pasifika Students in Science

 

Dear University of Auckland,

Please provide the following information under the Official Information
Act the number of students who self-identified with the University as
belonging to the following ethnic groups, broken down by ethnic group
and Department / School, who were awarded the degree of Doctor of
Philosophy in the Science Faculty between 1996 and 2020.

The ethnic groups I would like this data for are:
- Māori
- Sāmoan
- Fijian
- Tongan
- Cook Islander
- Niuean
- Tokelauan
- Other Pacific Islander

Please let me know if you have any concerns about this request, and
please acknowledge receipt when you receive it.

Ngā mihi nui,
Sean Richards

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From: Rebecca Ewert
University of Auckland


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Dear Sean,

 

I refer to your request of 30 July 2021. The University’s response
follows.

 

“Please provide the following information under the Official Information
Act the number of students who self-identified with the University as
belonging to the following ethnic groups, broken down by ethnic group and
Department / School, who were awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
in the Science Faculty between 1996 and 2020.

The ethnic groups I would like this data for are:
- Mâori
- Sâmoan
- Fijian
- Tongan
- Cook Islander
- Niuean
- Tokelauan
- Other Pacific Islander”

The relevant University records for 1996-2000 period are paper-based, and
retrieving these records and collating the information requested from them
would take an excessive amount of staff time. Accordingly, this part of
your request is refused under section 18(f) of the Official Information
Act, on the ground that the information requested cannot be provided
without substantial collation or research. As this is due to the nature of
the University’s records systems, we considered that consulting with you
would not allow you to make this part of your request in a form that would
remove this reason for refusal. Neither imposing a charge nor extending
the time limit would enable this part of your request to be granted.

 

The data requested for the 2001-2020 period is attached. The data is
broken down by the subject area of the doctorate rather than the
Department/School. If you wish to request information about
Department/Schools of PhD graduates, please advise whether you are
requesting this information based on the Department of the PhD candidate’s
main supervisor or the department with academic’s responsibility for the
subject.

 

I note that the data requested was only for the Doctor of Philosophy, and
did not include the Doctor of Clinical Psychology, which is also based in
the Faculty of Science. The same data can be provided for the Doctor of
Clinical Psychology if requested.

 

You have the right to make a complaint to an Ombudsman if you are
dissatisfied with this response.

 

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Ewert

General Counsel

University of Auckland

 

From: Sean Richards <[1][FOI #16255 email]>
Sent: Friday, 30 July 2021 9:41 PM
To: legal <[2][email address]>
Subject: Official Information request - Doctoral Qualifications Awarded
for Maori & Pasifika Students in Science

 

Dear University of Auckland,

Please provide the following information under the Official Information
Act the number of students who self-identified with the University as
belonging to the following ethnic groups, broken down by ethnic group
and Department / School, who were awarded the degree of Doctor of
Philosophy in the Science Faculty between 1996 and 2020.

The ethnic groups I would like this data for are:
- Mâori
- Sâmoan
- Fijian
- Tongan
- Cook Islander
- Niuean
- Tokelauan
- Other Pacific Islander

Please let me know if you have any concerns about this request, and
please acknowledge receipt when you receive it.

Ngâ mihi nui,
Sean Richards

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From: Sean Richards

Dear Rebecca Ewert,

Thank you for your reply and that information. Thank you as well for noting the caveats on this information. I was wondering if you can also provide the total number of PhDs graduated by the faculty of science per year for the same time period (2000-2021)?

Ngā mihi nui,

Sean Richards

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From: Rebecca Ewert
University of Auckland


Attachment Qualification Completions Doctoral Completions in Science.xlsx
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Dear Sean,

 

I refer to your request of 30 August 2021. The information requested is
attached.

 

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Ewert

General Counsel

University of Auckland

 

From: Sean Richards <[1][FOI #16255 email]>
Sent: Monday, 30 August 2021 11:39 am
To: Rebecca Ewert <[2][email address]>
Subject: Re: FW: Official Information request - Doctoral Qualifications
Awarded for Maori & Pasifika Students in Science

 

Dear Rebecca Ewert,

Thank you for your reply and that information. Thank you as well for
noting the caveats on this information. I was wondering if you can also
provide the total number of PhDs graduated by the faculty of science per
year for the same time period (2000-2021)?

Ngā mihi nui,

Sean Richards

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Science (the world over) has been re-defined so as to obscure the state of things.

For example, 'Health Science' will be classified as 'Science' -- but if you want someone to speak to the people about Health Science then you will get a Physicist to do it, rather than a Health Science graduate, it seems.

You may be interested to know how many graduates there are from (for example) physics, chemistry, molecular and cell biology and biochemistry, more in particular.

But then the University will start offering Degrees in 'Science' in things like 'Telling the Science Story' to obscure things.

You may be interested in how many years are spent working on the 3 EFT PhD programme. That is to say, how many students are forced to labor (or slave) for 4 years, 5 years, 6 years more (otherwise they will never be eligible to complete their Degree).

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Of course there is also the issue of 'under-utilisation' of pay-to-win services. The University of Auckland sells test questions and answers to third parties in the name of 'cheating prevention' so that students can purchase the answers. I suppose they run it through foreign servers to pretend that the University is merely turning a blind eye to it rather than financially profiteering from it, but the University of Auckland involvement in private tutoring services (particularly for First Year so for entry to Medicine etc) has been fairly well established.

NZ does not really say anything about these kinds of pay to win services but Australia Degree Quality people say that they are not okay. Whether they actively police them is something different entirely. I was actually asked my views on them as the ethics station for Medicine. That is to say the University of Auckland Medical people seemed to genuinely think that there was a weighty moral quandry or conundrum or that things were morally grey.

When it comes to things that are written it's about purchasing an essay from Turnitin (where the original author is likely poor and was flunked out of their University so some rich kid could have their work or maybe even some junior lecturer or some policitian or some Ministry official). Or there are University editing services or just very heavy handed supervision. So you start with something that was spat out of the post-modernist essay generator and you end up with something they wrote for you. I mean people will only pass something that is the mirror of them, anyway. Right?

The point of a PhD in New Zealand is to take something so obvious no rational man would doubt it. And then subject that to all the 'clever' (but not very good) criticisms of everybody for 4+ 5+ 6+ 10+ years... More... To find that whether one gets the PhD or not depends on whose house you were willing to sit. Whose basement you were prepared to live in. Whose groceries you carried. Whose dick you sucked. But why give them the thesis then, even? Why not just throw them away and profiteer from the next generation...

?

NZ is renowned internationally for refusing to sign the students off. Refusing to allow international community to sign them off. Refusing to pay their graduates. Refusing to pay their workers. Refusing to pay post-docs. Refusing to pay junior lecturers. Refusing to train their work-force. Trying to have their students branded (so nobody else will hire them either forcing them to demonstrate plagarism and corrupt data handling and dodgey ethics)...

The 'how low can we go' plan so that Stuart McCutcheon and friends (and Stuart McCutcheon 2.0) can grubbity grub grub grub up everything for themselves. Quite the extinction strategy for us all...

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And then the issue is the kids who are trained (because of how much money their parents are paying the University with all the money for their fees and all the money for their 'scholarships' and all the money for their 'tutoring' and all the money they pay all the money they pay so their kids can have the 'university experience'...

Of going mountain climbing rather than cleaning the floors in the hospitals (or whatever would be genuinely useful).

So their kids are set up well for their high paying New Zealand Government jobs. All these people on Pay-roll... All these people on Pay-roll... To never go to work. To never set foot in the hospital. To never produce any research. Just keep those government cheques rolling in week after week after week... The highest paid 'benficiaries' in the world. It's important not to leave any child behind. And it's especially important not to leave the children of the highest paid officials in NZ behind when they see how much their cronies kids are earning...

And don't you want to join them? Don't you want to be like them? Don't you want to be part of some elite miniority of Pacifica (or whatever) where 1 or 2 of 30 can have all of the money and do whatever they want whenever they want because they want while everyone else cleans up after your messes and so on? Don't you want to join them?

Maybe.... Maybe a treaty? Maybe instead of having the rights of the Australian Constitution (NZ is an original state of Australia) maybe we could have a treaty between a few elite esteemed leaders whereby they agree to sell out basically... Basically everyone. I mean it's not sustainable -- right? I don't know that Maaori feel that things have been going very well for them in NZ, mostly. Really, not very many of them, at all.

It's supposed to be a meritocracy. But intelligence really isn't hereditary, particularly. So they invest a lot in things like alcohol and keeping babies in conditions of deprivation. Oxygen deprivation particularly. You know, beating htem about the head in the name of national sport. So thath their own babies appear smartest. You see the lengths that the elite go to to conceal that their kids don't have capacity. To get them on pay-roll. Hide them in the back row of the firm (maybe so they can go hide in Wanaka and nobody will even miss them).

You get the idea...

I am not sure the context in which you ask.. But you need to look at access that Pacifica have to High Quality Secondary School educational contents. Maybe a little less of the NCEA since it's fairly pay-to-win these days by the seems of it...

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