Te Tiriti o Waitangi
The Tiriti Statute sets out a clear pathway for applying the Treaty of Waitangi and ensures its continued relevance to the University’s operations.
Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington adopted Te Tiriti o Waitangi Statute in February 2019, replacing the earlier Treaty of Waitangi. We were the first university in New Zealand to have a Treaty of Waitangi Statute and this new version further reinforces that commitment. The Tiriti Statute centres around eight principles that are drawn from Te Tiriti o Waitangi, New Zealand case law, Waitangi Tribunal reports, Crown policy documents, the University’s governance documents, and mātauranga Māori. As with any university statute, Te Tiriti o Waitangi Statute is on a regular review cycle with the Council and will be revised as required.
These pages are intended to help the University’s Council, staff, and students give effect to the Tiriti principles in practical and impactful ways. The text should be read as current good practice at the University but with an understanding that this is not an exhaustive list of our Tiriti-based relationships and responsibilities. As new contexts and opportunities arise, this content will continue to be extended, revised, and improved.