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Peer Commentary 1 - Thinking about difference across and within mentoring

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Author(s): Matiu Ratima | Barbara Grant

Journal: MAI Review
ISSN 1177-5904

Issue: 3;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Māori mentoring | mentee | biculturalism | cross cultural mentoring

ABSTRACT
This commentary brings together two different but complementary responses to the target article by Gary Hook, Tu Waaka and Parehaereone Raumati (2007) on workplace mentoring of Māori employees within a Pākehā framework. First, Matiu Ratima engages with the aspects of the argument that stand out for him as key points of difference between Māori and Pākehā world views with respect to mentoring. Then, Barbara Grant draws on her experience with mentoring programmes at the University of Auckland to offer a different view of Pākehā mentoring from that emphasised in the article. Both respondents are united in their acknowledgement of the importance of critical work that seeks to throw lines of understanding between Māori and Pākehā worldviews.
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