SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Highest proportion of Māori students in NZ universities

Top 60 universities in the world for research on reducing inequalities

Unique toolbox to help students overcome barriers and succeed

Some things we're especially proud of

We have a dedicated group of researchers focused on improving health outcomes for transgender people, spearheaded by Dr Jaimie Veale who is a senior lecturer in Psychology.

We support our LGBTIQ+ community to network and support each other through the Rainbow Alliance.

Our student programmes and groups play a vital role in fostering a sense of belonging and togetherness which is especially important during these challenging times.

Our disability accessibility services which support students with impairments to be successful in their studies.

We recently launched a Pacific Plan focused on enhancing the Pacific dimensions of our institution and realising the educational aspirations and success of Pacific learners and staff.


Our mission to address institutionalised racism

In 2020, the University of Waikato commissioned an independent review into public claims of racism. A Taskforce was then appointed in 2021 to develop a programme of work following this report, for the University to undertake transformational change. The work of the Taskforce is now complete and the University has begun a long-term programme of work to implement the recommendations of the Taskforce’s report across all aspects of the University.

Sharing indigenous data with indigenous people

An international project between Waikato and New York-based researchers received a $750,000 boost to develop tools aimed at protecting indigenous communities’ rights over their own knowledge and data. The project is led in New Zealand by Associate Professor Maui Hudson (Whakatōhea), Director of the University of Waikato Te Kotahi Research Institute, and in New York by New York University Legal Scholar, Dr Jane Anderson, supported by strategic design partners IDIA (Indigenous Design and Innovation Aotearoa).

Associate Professor Hudson says, “Data relating to Indigenous peoples and their traditional knowledge has long been misused by non-Indigenous governments, scientists and innovators. The work we are doing will ensure Indigenous communities’ benefit from the use of their knowledge and genetic resources."


Researchers join forces to tackle racism in our communities

A group of Waikato researchers is leading groundbreaking research into racism in New Zealand with the help of $10 million in Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Endeavour funding. The project Working to End Racial Oppression (WERO), is examining the systems through which racism is reproduced with the goal of producing tools to help organisations overcome institutional racism and build relationships in racialised communities. The project is led by Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki, Dr Arama Rata and Professor Francis Collins.

Pacific Campaign

Honouring our pacific connections

A new Pacific Strategic Plan was adopted in June 2021 following lengthy consultation. Pacific peoples have a long history and rich cultural heritage of voyaging, valuing knowledge, and learning. The new plan demonstrates the University’s commitment to building and enhancing these dimensions of our institution, and realising the educational aspirations and success of Pacific learners and staff. The University officially welcomed its first Pacific Chancellor, Sir Anand Satyanand, with a special ceremony at the Hamiton campus in March 2021. The event also served as an opportunity to launch a new Pacific journal; In Our Language: Journal of Pacific Research, the first journal to translate previously peer-reviewed articles from English and publish them in Pacific languages.