Transforming the way we work

Manaakitanga—we are welcoming and generous and operate in ways that enhance the mana of our staff and students.

The University thrives during the current period of transformation in the global tertiary education sector through willing and enthusiastic responsiveness in our policies, practices, and operational models to the changing needs of our staff, students, and communities. We achieve this way of working by investing in our people, processes, partnerships, property, and scale.

Our people are the University. We foster a vibrant, highly creative, supportive, and inclusive environment that encourages the recruitment, development, and retention of a diverse community of academic and professional staff. We invest in our staff and leadership development to nurture empowered and innovative people and teams throughout the University.

We streamline and automate our supporting services, processes, models, and systems to attain best-in-class standards, and to deliver an outstanding staff and student experience.

We create an intentional portfolio of strategic and tactical partnerships with our Treaty, international, research, and Wellington partners that enhances our distinctiveness, research, teaching, and student experience.

We tackle our property challenges innovatively to deliver on our ‘city as our campus’ vision. The University will have a far higher profile and presence in Wellington, with a focus on creative spaces and sustainable buildings.

We are undergoing a sustained period of growth and are well on the way to attaining the scale and impact typical of leading public universities, while maintaining our current high standards of quality. In so doing, we will ensure that the University has strong revenues and a financially and environmentally sustainable operating model to fund world-class teaching and research and protect our institutional autonomy for the long term.

By 2025:

  • the Staff Engagement Survey's overall engagement score will reach or exceed 80 percent
  • no notifiable injuries will be experienced by staff and no serious-harm events will be experienced by students.

By 2030:

  • we will be net carbon zero and will have reduced our gross carbon emissions by 20 percent.