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Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao

School of Māori and Pacific Development

Nau mai, haere mai kia whakatauhia ngā hua ora o te puawānanga o Te Wao Nui a Tāne ki runga i a koutou.

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao aims to uplift the people of Aotearoa and to be the first choice university for Māori and Pacific students. Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao represents innovation and tradition in teaching and research, and it provides national and international leadership in Māori, Pacific and indigenous issues and sustainable development.

Dean's Office
Te Aka Reo
Te Aka Tikanga

Ngā Whakaako me ngā Akoranga

Teaching & Learning

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao instructs students in subjects of strategic importance in the advancement of Māori, Pacific, and other indigenous peoples and their struggles for national liberation, self-governance, and self-determination. In our teaching activity (along with our research and practice), additional emphasis is placed on sustainable development, and the revitalisation and development of the Māori language and form of life within the context of contemporary New Zealand society and its colonial legacies.

Te Tohu Paetahi Specialisation

Rangahau me ngā Whakatinanatanga

Research & Practice

Our staff include leading practitioners of Tikanga Māori, interpreters and translators of Te Reo Māori, and researchers in issues pertaining to: Māori and Pacific Development, indigenous peoples, culture and language revitalization, Tikanga Māori, and Te Reo Māori. Through our research and practice, Te Pua Wānanaga ki te Ao provides national and international leadership in Māori, Pacific and indigenous issues and sustainable development.

Research Projects
Projects in Practice
Te Ratonga Whakamāori
He Puna Kōrero
Te Kōtihitihi Journal


Latest News

Senior lecturer returns to WiPCE (04/04/14)

When the University of Waikato co-hosted the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WiPCE in 2005, Senior Lecturer…

Stars in his eyes (04/04/14)

A three month trip to the US will have Rangi Matamua seeing stars

Tikanga experts appointed to Kingitanga board (31/03/14)

Two University of Waikato staff members are among a dozen Māori leaders who have been appointed to a new national advisory bo…

Tawai Tawhara - Alumni Prize for Excellence (24/03/14)

Tawai Tawhara was awarded the Alumni Prize for Excellence after placing as top student in the School of Māori and Pacific Dev…

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Upcoming Events


Open Day 2014

Open Day is an annual event, and is an opportunity to find out about Waik…


The University of Waikato Community Open Day

The University will be holding its first Community Open Day as part …

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Contact Information

+ 64 7 838 4737


Physical Address

Ground Floor
A Block
Gate 8, Hillcrest Road

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+64 7 856 2889