"What (and who) keeps Maori students back? Why do they consistently 'choose' second and third best? In this race (there is, of course, a larger question, should there be a race? for positions in a stratified and unequal society, do all New Zealand students compete under the same conditions, or are some carrying burdens which will slow them down, leaving only the 'rubbish jobs' or a 'no vacancy' sign at the end of the run? Why do so many Maori students drop out of the race? Are they just 'dumb', 'unmotivated', or have they made a realistic judgement about their chances and have preferred to go another way rather than suffer the humiliation of arriving last past the post?"