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The University's Commitment to the
Treaty of Waitangi

Tihe mauriora ki te wheiao ki te Ao Mārama.

The University of Waikato is committed to meaningful partnerships under the Treaty of Waitangi, and to providing leadership in research, scholarship, and education that is relevant to the needs and aspirations of iwi and Māori communities.

The University values its relationship with Tainui as mana whenua, and is committed to working closely with local iwi to ensure responsiveness to Māori. As a partner to the University, the iwi forum of Te Rōpū Manukura continues to work with the University Council, and to support the development of research and tertiary education opportunities for Māori.

A variety of educational offerings are available to Māori, ranging from bridging programmes such as Te Tīmatanga Hou and the Huarahi Māori stream within the Certificate of University Preparation, through to specialist postgraduate courses and qualifications.

Many Schools of Study provide forums specifically for Māori students and, at a University level, Kōmiti Āwhina and the Māori Students' Officer of the Waikato Students' Union represent and advocate for the academic, social, political and cultural interests of Māori students.

Māori specialists are available throughout our range of student services, including health and counselling, learning development, information literacy, library, and community liaison. Each School or Faculty also has a Māori mentoring system, with a particular emphasis on supporting students new to the University.

The University is also committed to kaupapa and tikanga Māori within the campus environment and community. Te Kohinga Mārama, the University marae, is a lively focal point for cultural events. So too, is Te Āhurutanga, supported by the surrounding community of Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao. Kaupapa Māori units within the Halls of Residence also provide a space for those students who wish to live in an environment that fosters manaakitanga, whānaungatanga, te reo, kaupapa, and tikanga Māori.

In 2001, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) position was established to provide executive-level leadership for the University, and to complement the many organisations and networks on campus that foster kaupapa Māori.

While we are proud of our achievements as leaders in Māori tertiary education, we remain dedicated to building on our achievements and successes under the mantle of the Treaty of Waitangi, and to providing leadership for the growth and development of our nation.

Kia ora tātou katoa.

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