An University of Auckland professor has stepped down as acting dean of science after backlash to a letter he co-authored claiming Māori knowledge “is not science”, NZ Herald reports. The professor was one of seven to sign a letter published in the Listener magazine in response to proposed changes to the Māori school curriculum. The academics – drawn from biological sciences, psychology, philosophy and education – claimed that although indigenous knowledge contributes to our understanding of the world, “it falls far short of what we can define as science”.