Hiring and purchasing academic dress

Find out how to hire academic dress, and the costs associated with dress hire. You can also purchase hoods and stoles.

Hiring academic dress

The items you’ll need can be hired from Academic Dress Hire. This is the Wellington Branch of Graduate Women New Zealand (GWNZ), a voluntary organisation of female graduates which raises funds through their hire fees to support academic scholarships and other educational causes.

Financial assistance may be available

If you’re experiencing financial hardship and are unable to cover the cost of academic dress, contact Student Finance to discuss possible assistance.

Hire fees

  • Gown—$50
  • Hood or stole—$25
  • Trencher—$25

Orders placed before Sunday 10 March will receive an early order discount of 20 percent off the total order cost.

An additional fee of $20 applies on all orders placed from Tuesday 30 April. Last day to order academic dress is 11.59 pm Wednesday 8 May.

Purchasing hoods and stoles

Hoods and stoles may also be bought ready-made.

Purchase prices

  • Bachelor Hood—$100
  • Honours’ Hood—$100
  • Master’s Hood—$80
  • Master’s Stole—$100
  • PhD/Doctor's Stole—$95

Purchasing full academic dress

PhD graduates who wish to purchase full academic dress should contact Academic Dress Hire.

Pūtea Āwhina | Hardship Fund

Pūtea Āwhina | Hardship Fund is an emergency fund to help students facing financial difficulties.

This fund can be accessed to help graduating students with the cost of academic dress hirage.

If you would like to apply for this fund, go to Pūtea Āwhina | Hardship Fund webpage here.

Academic dress hire