Ruawhetu | Māori engagement

Māori strategic partnerships, scholarships, and summer internships at Te Herenga Waka.

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s engagement with iwi, Māori entities, and partners are critical to our success. We are committed to building mutually-beneficial relationships with Māori who have a vested interest in developing inter-generational growth, skills, experience and success.


Taihonoa is our strategic relationships programme that focuses on scholarships, internships, and research opportunities. Taihonoa currently works with more than 60 iwi and Māori organisations in collaboration with some government agencies.

Tū Mātārae

Tū Mātārae is our outreach programme through Āwhina (Māori student support services). The programme takes tauira mentors and university staff to kura kaupapa and other secondary schools around Aotearoa to engage rangatahi Māori in higher learning. It is an opportunity for year 9 to 11 students to hear from role models about a potential and exciting future in studying across all disciplines, including: education; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; humanities and social sciences; architecture and design innovation; business and government; and law.

For more information, contact Āwhina via email,


Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is proud to support a wide range of Māori events as part of our commitment to civic engagement. Some examples of this include, Manu Kōrero, Secondary Kapa Haka Festivals, Poly Festivals, Te Matatini ki te Ao, and FoMA (Federation of Māori Authorities) events.

For more information email us at