New Māori students

Kia ora, welcome to Victoria University of Wellington. Whether you are starting your first degree or working on your PhD, we warmly welcome you to our whānau.

Before you arrive

Getting prepared academically

Ease the academic transition with these helpful pointers. Ensure you check out our online module ‘Come Paddle this Waka’ to help you get started at the University. Doing the mahi before you come will make the transition easier.


Whether you choose to stay with whānau or in university halls or private accommodation, making the right choice can be as important as choosing the right courses.

Money matters

Help and advice on staying on top of your budget while you study, including our Financial Survival Guide.

Course planning and advice

Talk to our experienced course advisers for help with course advice and planning. Contact us on 0800 04 04 04 or email

When you arrive

Get to know your whānau on campus, who are committed to providing you with the environment, support, and guidance to make university a positive experience. Meet key support staff, who include:

Māori student orientation

Tēnā koe and welcome to Victoria University of Wellington. Learn more about our week-long Māori students’ orientation, designed to connect you to all the support people who are here to help you succeed, and get you off to a great start.

Once you've started

Tautoko—support services

University is not a solo journey, get connected with the people, services, and facilities which are there to help you succeed through the ups and downs of study.

Tips for academic success

This great advice will help you to maximise the benefits you get from your courses and show your best work in assignments.