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Te Herenga Waka–
Victoria University of Wellington

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Capital thinking, globally minded

Campus:  Wellington

Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington draws on its capital city location to carry out world-class research and teaching, and to make connections here and around the world.

In partnership with Wellington city and region, we provide a unique student experience. Our students feel a sense of belonging to a vibrant and inclusive university and civic community.

This is a place where learning flourishes and people are equipped to transform society. We grow the capability, skills and confidence of all our students and support them to pursue their passion and excel in their chosen area of study.



E ngā tauira Māori


Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington is a global–civic university with our marae at our heart.

The name of our marae – Te Herenga Waka – is the Māori name of the university and means the mooring place of canoes. Located on our Kelburn campus, the marae operates as a community-based marae and a teaching facility. It is currently closed for construction of the Living Pā, which when it opens in 2024 will be one of the most sustainable educational facilities in the world.

The university has a wide range of services to support Māori students, beginning with when you are considering studying in Wellington. The Māori advisers in Te Tari Takawaenga, the Future Students Team, can help you and your whānau with entrance and admission information, course planning and queries about accommodation, grants and scholarships. An orientation programme specifically for new tauira Māori will also help ease your transition into university study.

Āwhina, the Māori student support team, works across all campuses and provides a focal point for tauira Māori. The Māori Learning Adviser at Te Taiako—Student Learning offers one-on-one sessions and workshops to help you develop your writing, study and assignment skills.

Ngāi Tauira, the Māori students’ association, represents the interests of all tauira Māori at the university. It also runs a range of social and cultural events, as do other subject-based Māori student associations.

Website key word search: Māori, Āwhina, marae

Student numbers


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2021 data. Source: Ministry of Education. Custom data for Universities New Zealand (extracted 13 April 2022). Numbers have been rounded for confidentiality reasons.


Pacific students

Tālofa lava, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kam na mauri, Gud de tru, Kaselehlie, Halo olgeta, Ia orana, Aloha mai e, Noa’ia, Kia ora, warm Pasifika greetings. 

Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington is committed to Pasifika student success through excellent research, quality teaching and learning experiences, appropriate support and raising Pasifika participation and academic achievement.

The Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) is led by Associate Professor Hon Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban DNZM and provides advocacy and support for Pasifika students, enrolment, retention and completion of study.

The Pasifika Student Success Team includes engagement advisers who work across all the faculties. It is the university ‘āiga (family) which provides students the necessary tools to navigate their transition into tertiary study, with holistic support, course-specific study sessions, exam preparation, learning and development workshops, and cultural support.

A Pasifika learning adviser, Pasifika Future student advisers, a Pasifika library navigator and Pasifika student liaison, an Equity Scholarships Programme Manager and 10 Pasifika cultural and academic student associations under the umbrella of the Pasifika Students’ Council are also available.

Website key word search: Pasifika

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