Aerial view of Kelburn campus on sunny day.

Our story

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, originally known as Victoria College, was founded in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Hunter building with pohutukawa trees in front.

A global-civic university

A civic university is one that values close involvement with the social, cultural, and economic life of its city and region.

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The University and the Treaty

We are committed to our obligation and responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Students attending a graduation ceremony at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington's marae.