Te Herenga Waka Marae ceremony

For December graduation you can choose to have your qualification conferred at Te Herenga Waka Marae rather than the Michael Fowler Centre.

Collecting your information pack

Your graduation information pack will be available for collection from Level 1 Foyer, Murphy building, Kelburn Parade during the following times:

  • Monday 10 December, 10am–5pm
  • Tuesday 11 December, 9am–6pm
  • Wednesday 12 December, 9am–6pm
  • Thursday 13 December, 9am–5pm

  • Inviting guests

    Seating is general admission and your whānau and friends do not require guest tickets. Because space is limited, we ask you to be considerate when choosing how many guests to invite. The Marae will contact you separately to ask for your whānau and guest numbers for catering purposes.

    Additional requirements

    Te Herenga Waka Marae is wheelchair accessible. Guests with a disability that require specific seating arrangements should email tehuiwhakapumau@vuw.ac.nz

    Being comfortable

    Please ensure that you and your whānau are prepared for cold and wet weather. We strongly recommend a warm rug and cushion for kaumatua. If it rains, the full ceremony will take place in the wharenui, Te Tumu Herenga Waka. Children, elders and those with medical conditions may need special care during the ceremony—please make appropriate arrangements.

    The ceremony

    You should meet at 9am at the waharoa (carved gateway) at 42 Kelburn Parade, Te Apa Mareikura o Māui Tikitiki-a-Taranga, and check in with the marshal.

    • Pōhiri / Formal welcome
    • Te kupu a te Manukura / Chancellor’s address
    • Te whakamanatanga a te Manukura i ngā tauira / Granting of degrees, diplomas and certificates by the Chancellor
    • Te kupu o te rā / Guest speaker
    • Te karanga i ngā tauira / Presentation of graduates to the Chancellor
    • Ngā taonga a Ngāi Tauira / Presentation of gifts to the graduates by Ngāi Tauira
    • Te tuku i ngā tohu / Presentation of certificates
    • Ngā taonga a MAI ki Pōneke / MAI ki Pōneke PhD gift presentation
    • Ngā taonga a Ngāi Tauira / Presentation of gifts to the graduates by Ngāi Tauira
    • Te kupu a te Tauira / Graduate speaker’s address
    • Karakia whakapūmau / Ritual of affirmation
    • Karanga whakaū / Call of affirmation

    The pōwhiri and ceremony last approximately two and a half hours. Kai hākari will be served immediately afterwards in the wharekai, Ngā Mokopuna. After the ceremony, we ask all graduands to remain in the wharenui for a group photograph; after this, please join your whānau in the wharekai.

    Waiata

    Kāore Taku Raru is the official waiata of Te Herenga Waka Marae. It will be sung during the pōwhiri onto the marae.

    Live streaming

    Whānau and friends unable to attend your graduation can watch the ceremony via live stream. Details will be available on the Victoria homepage on the day of the ceremony.

    Names and iwi affiliation

    You will be announced by your first and last name as they appear on official university documents.

    Your iwi affiliation will be read out as you collect your certificate.

    Pronunciation

    If you wish to change the name that is read out when you graduate or you have a name that is likely to be mispronounced, you need to let us know. You’ll be emailed with details of how to submit your request.

    It’s important that you help us with the pronunciation of your name as we want to ensure it is correct and that you have a positive graduation experience.

    Photographs

    Victoria University’s Image Services will photograph the ceremony. Individual photographs will be taken during the ceremony and a group photograph of all graduates will be taken in the wharenui after the ceremony.  After the formalities, you can have group and whānau photographs taken.

    Whānau are welcome to video and take photographs during the ceremony. However, during the Karakia Whakapūmau—ritual of affirmation—we respectfully ask that whānau refrain from filming or taking photographs.