The University's Commitment to
Treaty of Waitangi
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
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.