Enriching national culture
Victoria University is the country’s leading institution for vigorous, imaginative and challenging research on our national culture. As such, we attract scholars and students with expertise in these areas from all disciplines and lead thinking that contributes to innovative teaching and policymaking.
Victoria recognises the foundational importance of Māori culture to New Zealand and views the Treaty of Waitangi as a living organism—a partnership that enables communities to foster dynamic and productive interactions.
Putting national culture at the centre of debate connects many issues of justice, equity, history and place. The multidisciplinary breadth of Victoria’s work produces new and exciting initiatives in teaching, research and analysis, and extends to inter-institutional collaborations.
He Whenua Haumako – Enriching National Culture
Literally means ‘fertile lands’ is drawn from the notion that for tangata whenua, identity is located in our land. As diverse as our geographical features are in this country so too are the components that contribute to our national culture.
Free Landscape as Culture course
Learn about landscape as an expression of culture by exploring the volcanic fury and frozen heights of New Zealand's mountain landscape through the bicultural lens of Māori and Pākehā cultures in our free edX online course.Discover more and register
New book on long history of Indians in New Zealand
It's a little know fact, but the first two Indians to set foot in Aotearoa did so as far back as 1769, just as Captain Cook's first Endeavour expedition was leaving the country's waters.Read RNZ report
Butcher Shop Series
In these four lively discussions, we explored how meat, wine, dairy and wool influence our social and cultural—as well as economic—life.Discover the series
Our diverse and multi-dimensional expertise in teaching and research on the Treaty and issues of national culture is world-class.Find out more
Centres, institutes and chairs
The multidisciplinary research centres, institutes and chairs at Victoria provide a platform for our world leading researchers to collaborate and focus on significant research challenges related to Enriching national culture.
What does it mean to live in New Zealand? Many of us think of New Zealanders as rural people wearing black singlets and gumboots, but who does that exclude?Find out more
Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui—Living up to our name
Professor Charlotte Macdonald and Dr Mike Ross chair this forum as part of Victoria University of Wellington’s commitment to further develop ‘Enriching national culture’ as one of its areas of academic distinctiveness. Professor Susy Frankel, Professor Jeff Tatum, Professor Yiyan Wang, Professor Simon Keller, Nan O’Sullivan and Dr Ocean Mercier each speaks about how the Treaty of Waitangi can inform and shape their very different research fields.