Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence


The Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) offer events, programmes, scholarships, internships and other opportunities to help you engage with the Asia Pacific region.

The CAPEs are a university-led initiative supported by a consortium of New Zealand's leading tertiary institutions:

  • University of Waikato — Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
  • Waipapa Taumata Rau — University of Auckland
  • University of Otago — Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou
  • Victoria University of Wellington — Te Herenga Waka

There are three CAPEs focusing on North Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, respectively.

The University of Waikato leads the Education and Māori business strands of work for the CAPES.

Each CAPE is committed to helping businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises, as well as learners, teachers, exporters, and communities to improve their understanding of the Asia-Pacific region and its many cultures and languages.


Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa Māori business

Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa improves Māori business capability, awareness and engagement in North Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America. The programmes support Māori students across primary industry, indigenous development, sports, branding and cultural tourism.


Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence

The Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence deliver innovative programmes, resources, and initiatives that enable New Zealanders to prepare for and find success in the diverse and vibrant Asia-Pacific region: North Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America.


Teach APAC

The Education Team are based at the University and responsible for leading CAPEs' education programme which offers targeted projects that support leaders, teachers, and learners to develop strong knowledge, skills, and global and intercultural competence.


Ngā Hononga-ā-Kiwa

NHK is an ecosystem that connects students, educators, businesses, indigenous communities and thought leaders in Māori Business and Māori Education. Across the Asia-Pacific region, we have an alumnus of over 100 Māori students, leaders and organisations.

Connect with CAPEs

To learn more about opportunities available to University staff, students and the Waikato community, please contact Jordan Travers-Urquhart.

Jordan Travers-Urquhart

Programme Manager for University of Waikato led projects