Rangatiratanga | Māori leadership

Māori interests are represented at all levels of the University, and a strategic framework sets out our commitment to the Treaty relationship.

There are Māori representatives on the governing body of the University and in the senior leadership team. Specifically Māori-led committees and forums complement the academic leadership of Te Kawa a Māui—School of Māori Studies and Te Kura Māori within the School of Education.

Our staff and students also contribute to the University and broader society through many professional and academic external engagement and service leadership roles.

Māori representation at the University

University Council

There are two Māori representatives on the University Council, which is the governing body of the University. Te Aka Matua—Māori Advisory Committee is one of the Council's six committees.

Senior leadership

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Mātauranga Māori) provide strategic leadership across the University.


Toihurewa is a subcommittee of Academic Board (itself a committee of the University Council), and provides an important Māori perspective and voice on academic issues. It is an expression of the University's commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi | Treaty of Waitangi.

You can find out more about Toihuarewa and its membership on our intranet (University staff and thesis students only).

Schools and units

Te Kawa a Māui—School of Māori Studies specialises in teaching and research about Māori and Indigenous worlds. Te Kura Māori is the unit within the Wellington Faculty of Education devoted to Māori education.

Student and staff groups

Te Whānau o Te Herenga Waka is represented across the University through numerous associations.

Student groups include Ngāi Tauira (Māori Student’s Association), Ngā Rangahautira (Māori Law Students' Association), Ngā Tāura Ūmanga (Māori Commerce Students' Association), Te Hōhaieti o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Society), and MAI Ki Pōneke (postgraduate students’ network).

Te Hauhiku is the forum for Māori professional staff interests—you can find out more on the our intranet (University staff and thesis students only).