Name change—University of Wellington

In September 2018 the Victoria University of Wellington Council approved a proposal to change the University’s name to ‘University of Wellington’.

A new identity?

The University's recommended new name would be embodied in a logo reflecting its place in Wellington, its Māori identity, and its history as a place of learning.

The University Council has voted in favour of making a recommendation to the Minister of Education to approve University of Wellington as the new legal name and adopt a new Māori name of Te Herenga Waka.

The Council has also confirmed its commitment to the ongoing use of the word ‘Victoria’ to ensure its heritage is honoured and maintained.

Chancellor Neil Paviour-Smith says the decision is one key step towards achieving the University community’s shared vision to become a world-leading capital city university and one of the great global-civic universities.

“The name University of Wellington contributes to that vision by helping to differentiate us internationally from all the other institutions with Victoria in their name. It also firmly aligns our destiny with that of Wellington and captures our role as New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university.”

What does the change mean for alumni?

We understand that alumni may be concerned about what the recommended name change will mean for them.


The University has received requests under the Official Information Act for all feedback from the recent round of consultation on the name change proposal. We are legally required to release the feedback but have removed all details that could identify individual submitters and have removed one submission where the submitter specifically requested that their submission not be made public.

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Previous information about the proposal