Te Herenga Waka

Victoria University of Wellington

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 an unrivalled 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 university draws its Māori name from our marae complex, which is located on our Kelburn campus. Te Herenga Waka was the first marae to be opened at a University and is the site for many lectures, tutorials, seminars and other hui to support our communities. We are excited with the proposed redevelopment of the wider marae complex to build a Living Pā building adjacent to our wharenui.  

The university has a wide range of services to support Māori students—this begins when you are considering studying in Wellington. The Māori Liaison Officers can assist you and your whānau with entrance and admission information and course planning. 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 has staff who can help you with one-on-one advising, study tutorials and wānanga. They also organise workshops on topics such as applying for scholarships, career development, and connecting with industry.  The Māori Learning Advisor at 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. They also run a range of social and cultural events, as do other subject-based student associations including Ngā Rangahautira (the Māori Law students’ association), Ngā Taura Ūmanga (the Māori Commerce students’ association), and Te Hōhaieti o te Reo Māori ki Wikitōria (the Māori Language Society).

WEBSITE KEY WORD SEARCH: Māori, Āwhina, marae. 

Student numbers


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2020 data. Source: Education Counts, Tertiary Statistics/Participation 

*Domestic students only.


Pacific students

Talofa 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 has a university-wide commitment to Pasifika student achievement through excellent quality, relevant teaching and learning experiences, and raising Pasifika participation and academic success.

The university provides a wide range of Pasifika student support services that foster learning and teaching communities in an environment that is welcoming and safe, and focused on academic excellence, personal growth, and wellbeing, with Pasifika culture at the core.
The Pasifika Liaison Officer can assist you and your family with entrance and admission information, course planning, and any questions about study. The Pasifika Student Success team works across all faculties with Pasifika engagement advisers providing holistic support, course-specific study sessions, exam-preparation, learning and development workshops for 100-level to 300-level courses. 

A Pasifika learning adviser, Pasifika library navigator and 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 to ensure a successful university experience for all students.