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The University of Waikato


Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies


Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies
The University of Waikato
Ground Floor, A Block, Gate 8, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton

This is a department of The University of Waikato

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies is unique as the only faculty of its type in the world. Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao aims to uplift the people of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao represents innovation and tradition in teaching, learning and research, and provides national and international leadership in Māori, Pacific and indigenous issues and sustainable development. Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao is distinctive in that it actively promotes Māori, Pacific and indigenous people’s cultural and development issues through its teachings, learning, research, conferences and publications. A number of graduate papers are also available online.


Key information

  • Male and Female

    Male and Female

  • 12000

    Total number of students

  • 2500

    International students

  • Waikato Region

    Waikato Region

More about Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies

Staff of Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao provide leadership and role modelling in teaching, learning, research and administration, and offer a full range of academic opportunities from undergraduate to postdoctoral teaching, learning and research. Believing strongly in its students, the faculty aims to help, strengthen and support them academically by providing a mentoring service.

Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI)

Te Kotahi Research Institute is the unified vision of Te Rōpū Manukura, a unique advisory body representing all iwi within the University’s region. Te Kotahi Research Institute supports the work of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori to sustain iwi relationships and develop the research capacity amongst staff and students while realising the research needs and aspirations of iwi.


Centre for Māori and Indigenous Research (CMIR)

The strategic goal of the Centre for Māori and Indigenous Research is to uphold the University’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi by becoming a centre of research excellence capable of fostering and facilitating the self-determination, self-governance and development efforts of indigenous peoples in New Zealand, Australia and Pacific rim countries.


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