The founding dean of Waikato University's School of Maori and Pacific Development is the first Maori, to be made an emeritus professor by the university.
The university says Tamati Reedy of Ngati Porou helped create a distinct Maori presence in the institution and strengthened its relationships with Maori, which include staff, students, the community, hapu, and iwi.
Dr Reedy, who also served as pro Vice-Chancellor Maori and Professor of Maori sustainable enterprise.
Waatea News reports he was recruited to the university in 1996 by the late Bob Mahuta, after a long career in secondary schooling and as head of the Department of Maori Affairs before being recruited by the late Bob Mahuta
Dr Reedy says Waikato University has played a significant role in bridging gaps between Maori and Pakeha worlds and he has been honoured to be part of that process.