Te Herenga Waka Marae ceremony

You can choose to attend a ceremony at Te Herenga Waka Marae rather than the Michael Fowler Centre.

COVID-19

Update 12 August 2020

At this time we are preparing for the graduation ceremonies in September to occur as planned, as we are still four weeks out from the ceremonies.

However, if the recent Government announcements restricting some travel and gatherings of more than 100 people outside of Auckland for the next three days were to be extended, or further restrictions put in place, we may need to once again postpone.

We will continue to take advice from health professionals and follow Government advice as it is updated in the days ahead and will be in contact with all graduates.

Remember to continue to follow the Government's current advice and:
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Keep track of where you’ve been.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.

September ceremony

The ceremony will start at 9 am, Friday 11 September 2020 at Te Herenga Waka Marae, Kelburn Parade.

Graduates will need to register at Ahumairangi, 48 Kelburn Parade by 8.30 am. Whānau are requested to wait at the waharoa while graduands register.

Inviting guests

Seating is general admission and your whānau and friends do not require guest tickets. Because space is limited, we ask you to be considerate when choosing how many guests to invite. The Marae will contact you separately to ask for your whānau and guest numbers for catering purposes.

Additional requirements

Te Herenga Waka Marae is wheelchair accessible. Guests with a disability that require specific seating arrangements should email tehuiwhakapumau@vuw.ac.nz

The ceremony

  • Pōhiri / Formal welcome
  • Te kupu a te Manukura / Chancellor’s address
  • Te kupu o te rā / Guest speaker
  • Te karanga i ngā tauira / Presentation of graduates to the Chancellor
  • Ngā taonga a Ngāi Tauira / Presentation of gifts to the graduates by Ngāi Tauira
  • Te tuku i ngā tohu / Presentation of commemorative certificates
  • Ngā taonga a MAI ki Pōneke / MAI ki Pōneke PhD gift presentation
  • Ngā taonga a Ngāi Tauira / Presentation of gifts to the graduates by Ngāi Tauira
  • Te kupu a te Tauira / Graduate speaker’s address
  • Karakia whakapūmau / Ritual of affirmation
  • Karanga whakaū / Call of affirmation

The pōwhiri and ceremony last approximately two and a half hours. Kai hākari will be served immediately afterwards in the wharekai, Ngā Mokopuna.

Waiata

Kāore Taku Raru is the official waiata of Te Herenga Waka Marae. It will be sung during the pōwhiri onto the marae.

Live streaming

Whānau and friends unable to attend your graduation can watch the ceremony via live stream. Details will be available on the University homepage on the day of the ceremony.

Planning your travel

Parking around campus is limited and we recommend using public transport or taxis to travel to your ceremony.

Pay and display parks are available in Waiteata Road. It is a ten minute walk uphill from there to the marae. We suggest you bring your kaumātua to the marae before parking. Allow enough time to get back to the marae by 8.30 am.

Names and iwi affiliation

You will be announced by your first and last name as they appear on official university documents.

Your iwi affiliation will be read out as you collect your certificate.

Pronunciation

If you wish to change the name that is read out when you graduate or you have a name that is likely to be mispronounced, you need to let us know. You’ll be emailed with details of how to submit your request.

It’s important that you help us with the pronunciation of your name as we want to ensure it is correct and that you have a positive graduation experience.

Photographs

The University’s Image Services will photograph the ceremony. Individual photographs will be taken during the ceremony and a group photograph of all graduates will be taken in the wharenui after the ceremony. After the formalities, you can have group and whānau photographs taken.

Whānau are welcome to video and take photographs during the ceremony. However, during the pōhiri and Karakia Whakapūmau—ritual of affirmation—we respectfully ask that whānau refrain from filming or taking photographs.