Number of Law Students/Maori Law Students

Liam Stoneley made this Official Information request to Victoria University of Wellington

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear Victoria University of Wellington,

This is a request for information, made under the provisions of sections 4 and 5 of the Official Information Act 1982 (“the Act”). I therefore would like the following information;

1. For the academic years of 2016, 2017 and 2018 (the "Period"), please provide the following data sets:
(a) The number of students enrolled in an LLB program. If possible, it would be helpful if this could be split into those in "pre-law" (ie first year) and "law students" (ie those who have made it into Law School);
(b) The number of students who are Māori who are enrolled in an LLB program. If possible, it would be helpful if this could be split into those in "pre-law" (ie first year) and "law students" (ie those who have made it into Law School); and
(c) any other information related to the number/proposition of Law students to Māori Law students at your university for the Period.

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As required by s12(1) of the Act, I am a New Zealand citizen. I will provide confirmation of this, if required. However, since all of our correspondence will be published on the FYI.org.nz site, I will only do so over the phone or email. This would only be for the purpose of citizenship confirmation, and nothing further related to this request.

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Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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Victoria University of Wellington

Kia ora Liam

Official information request for the number of law students/maori law students

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your official information request dated 9 March 2019 for information related to the total number of students enrolled in the LLB program, as well as the total number of Maori students enrolled in the same program.

We received your request on the 9th of March 2019. We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no later than the 5th of April 2019, being 20 working days after the day your request was received. If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.

If any additional factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact me so that these can be taken into account.

Ngā mihi nui

Georgia Tawharu
Adviser, Information Access and Copyright
D: 04 463 5249
Room 213, Hunter Building
Victoria University of Wellington, Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui
Gate 2 Kelburn Parade PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
 
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Ngā mihi nui

Georgia Tawharu
Adviser, Information Access and Copyright
D: 04 463 5249
Room 213, Hunter Building
Victoria University of Wellington, Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui
Gate 2 Kelburn Parade PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
 
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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear OIA Requests,

Could you please clarify the below.

You note that 13% of all Law Students are Maori at your University. If 300 are allowed through to second year every year, there would be at least 1000 Law students (in their second, third, or fourth year at Law School or Postgrads). That would mean there are around 130 Maori Law Students, but you have said there are only circa 45/50 in each of last 3 years. Is this correct, or should the number be more around 130?

Yours sincerely,

Liam Stoneley

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear OIA Requests,

Just following up on my recent question. I would really appreciate a response this week, as your calculation do not seem consistent with the your other responses, and those of other Universities I have requested the same information from.

Yours sincerely,

Liam Stoneley

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Victoria University of Wellington

Kia ora Liam

I apologise for the delayed response. The 13% relates to all students in the Faculty of Law so that is all students studying a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) through to honours, masters, etc. You are trying to compare that to the number we have enrolled into the second year of the LLB and you cannot directly compare these. That number is specifically only the number of Maori students accepted into the second year whereas the 13% relates to the entire Faculty of Law.

Ngā mihi nui

Georgia Tawharu
Adviser, Information Access and Copyright
D: 04 463 5249
Room 213, Hunter Building
Victoria University of Wellington, Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui
Gate 2 Kelburn Parade PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
 
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Georgia Tawharu
Adviser, Information Access and Copyright
D: 04 463 5249
Room 213, Hunter Building
Victoria University of Wellington, Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui
Gate 2 Kelburn Parade PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
 
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