Ngahuia Te Awekotuku first Māori woman to achieve Professor Emeritus title
Ngahuia Te Awekotuku is the first Māori woman to be awarded the title of Professor Emeritus by Waikato University.
She's had a long, illustrious career, was the first Māori woman to earn a PhD in NZ, she's lectured generations of students, served her iwi and is recognised as a champion for Māori and lesbian rights.
The university's Deputy Māori Vice Chancellor Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai says she is well deserving of the honour.
“She's the first Māori woman to achieve this goal so it's a significant day. Not just for us of Waikato University, but for all Māori.”
Professor Pou Temara says her list of achievements is a long one.
“Ka uru ia ki ngā mahi katoa, ki ngā momo kaupapa katoa, te tukituki i te kāwanatanga, te kōrero i ngā tika ā te Māori, ngā tika a te wahine. He nui ngā pūmanawa o te wahine nei.”
It’s a testament to what Māori women can achieve.