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Source: University of Auckland (2)

The Dame Mira Szászy School of Psychology honours one of New Zealand’s leading Māori educators who was the first Māori woman to be awarded a university degree and who dedicated her life to the welfare and needs of Māori. She believed Māori could only progress when the position of women within Māori society was improved.

Research Fellow Kate Hannah of the University of Auckland and Centre of Research Excellence Te Punaha Matatini says the new names have been enthusiastically adopted by staff.

“Women have always been scientists and educators but through these celebrations we hope to bring their achievements into the limelight to show younger women what can be achieved.”

A Faculty event will be held today, Wednesday 19 September, as part of the celebrations, and includes the launch of a Women in Science fundraising campaign to raise $125,000 to support scholarships, conference costs and academic positions for women.

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