Plagiarism means using the work of others in preparing an assignment and presenting it as your own without explicitly acknowledging – or referencing -- where it came from. Plagiarism can also mean not acknowledging the full extent of indebtedness to a source. Work can be plagiarised from many sources – including books, articles, the internet, and other students’ assignments. Plagiarism can also occur unconsciously or inadvertently.From the University of Auckland's guide to academic honesty
Dean of Arts, Associate Professor Jan Crosthwaite, said the plagiarism has been investigated by the university and said there was no deliberate wrong-doing.It is reassuring to know that the University takes all cases of plagiarism seriously, regardless of the status of the plagiarist.
"Though the amount of non-attributed material may seem insignificant, any failure to acknowledge the work of others is most regrettable and is of concern to the University," Dr Crosthwaite said.
"I have been assured by Professor Ihimaera that he has taken speedy steps to remedy his unfortunate oversight," she said.
In other news, Hone Harawira is not a racist; he was exercising his freedom of opinion.