The University Council recommended a change to University of Wellington and the adoption of a new Māori name of Te Herenga Waka in September 2018.
Pride in our city
- enhances our differentiation as New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university
- allows the achievements of the University to build the global reputation of the city and vice versa
- creates a common destiny and enduring sense of partnership with Wellington.
A world-class university in Wellington is vital for the city and region to flourish. At the same time, a vibrant and successful Wellington that offers an outstanding student experience and is a great place for staff to live is critical to the University’s future.
Everyone can be proud of the quality of teaching and research that takes place at Wellington’s university. The University’s reputation must reflect that excellence. A distinctive name that sets it apart is a fundamental first step towards that goal.
Standing out from the crowd
The proposed name University of Wellington* offers the simplicity, authenticity, and distinctiveness the University needs to stand out in the global networks of scholars, students, and research in which we operate.
- The name encapsulates what we are (a university) and where we are (Wellington).
- The name needs no further explanation in the over 100 countries in which our students and graduates live and work.
- A distinctive name that does not confuse us with other universities and can be recalled without difficulty is fundamental to increasing our global reputation.
The unique name will build our global reputation, to the benefit of our students, graduates, and staff. It will increase our ability to build high-quality international partnerships, attract world-leading staff, increase numbers of international students, and compete more effectively for international research funding.
*The University is currently awaiting ministerial approval for a name change.