I worked at Massey University, Palmerston North, for over 20 years, retiring as an Associate Professor and Director of the newly-founded Centre for Development Studies before moving to the University of the South Pacific in Fiji for another five years.
Massey, the university traditions of independent research and enquiry, and free speech are important to me. But so also are the intrinsic principles that underpin these values.
False speech, hate speech and racism have no place in university traditions. The view that it is better to give these views "air" so that they can be disputed and refuted has merit, but only limited merit. I respect this option, but think the Vice-Chancellor has taken the better one. (Click on "Read more" below.)