Māori research partnerships

The University builds partnerships and fosters research collaborations with iwi and other Māori organisations to boost opportunities for Māori students.

Signing Relation Agreements with our Māori partners

Celebrating partnership

We have a number of relationship agreements with iwi and other Māori organisations that support the academic success of current and future Māori students. This is achieved through activities such as joint research, internships and financial support provided by scholarships.

Iwi and Māori groups we work with

Our partners (listed below) form an integral part of the network of support that Victoria University of Wellington is able to offer our students.

  • Hauraki Māori Trust Board
  • Kahui Legal
  • Maniapoto Māori Trust Board
  • Ngā Katiaki o Ngāti Kauwhata Inc
  • Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui
  • Ngāi Tamanuhiri
  • Ngāti Kahungunu Incorporated
  • Ngāti Rangi Trust
  • Ngati Raukawa
  • Ngāti Tukairangi Trust
  • Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust
  • Onuku Māori Land Trust
  • Paraninihi ki Waitotara (PKW)
  • Rangitāne ki Wairau
  • Rotomā No. 1 Incorporation
  • Ruapuha Uekaha Hapū Trust
  • Te Arawa Fisheries
  • Te Ati Awa ki te Waka a Maui
  • Te Kōpere o te iwi o Hineuru
  • Te Kūwaha, Niwa
  • Te Mana o Rangitihi
  • Te Matatini
  • Te Ohu Kai Moana
  • Te Papa
  • Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust
  • Te Rau Matatini
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngā Puhi
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
  • Te Runanga o Ngati Manawa
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Toa
  • Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board
  • Uenuku Charitable Trust
  • Wakatu Incorporation
  • Whakatohea Māori Trust Board

Building Herenga Tāngata

The first relationship agreements, known as Herenga Tāngata, were signed in 2016. These aim to strengthen engagement with iwi, as well as support recruitment and graduation of talented Māori through initiatives like the Taihonoa programme.

The University already has positive links with Māori stakeholders, including iwi and hapū, industry and academic organisations across a wide range of New Zealand environments and fields, but our goal is to continue to grow our Māori collaborations.

Whether you have an idea for a one-off Māori scholarship or a large-scale, ongoing Māori research programme, we are keen to hear from you. Contact either Tipene Merritt or Paul Meredith using the contact links below to begin the conversation.

Māori research contact

Contact Tipene Merritt, our Research Development Advisor (Māori) to discuss how we can work with you to achieve your organisational or business goals.

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Tipene Merritt

Partnering with the University

Contact Paul Meredith if you are interested in partnering with Victoria University of Wellington.

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Paul Meredith