Māori staff

Māori have a distinct status as tangata whenua and equity policies at the University of Auckland recognise its commitments and obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Tertiary education for indigenous peoples is also a crucial issue worldwide. The University of Auckland aims to become New Zealand’s foremost site of excellence for Māori in tertiary education. The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) provides leadership and chairs the Rūnanga (an advisory group of Māori staff and students to the University Council and Senate Committees).

The University’s Equity Policy states its commitment to meeting its responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi, accepts the principle of partnership and aims to redress under-representation of Māori in the University by ensuring:

  • Māori are fully consulted, and participate in all matters concerning their own destinies through and within University structures and policy.
  • Māori retain autonomy as far as practicable over any decision-making related to Māori issues.
  • A fair and equitable distribution of resources be made for Māori needs within the University by employing three key principles:
    • The equitable redistribution and reallocation of existing resources through affirmative action policies
    • The creation of new and additional resources through affirmative action policies
    • The alignment of existing policy to take equitable account of Māori needs.
    • For more information see Māori at the University.

Resources for Māori staff and managers

The University of Auckland recognises its special relationship with Māori staff through the partnership under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi. These resources for staff and managers provide practical guidance to ensure recognition and respect of Māori staff contributions and cultural identity in employment processes.


Rūnanga advises management on strategic, academic and operational matters relevant to the University's aspirations to partner with Māori and support Māori development. Maori staff wishing to participate in Rūnanga or be on the mailing list should contact Cathrine Taylor at: cathrine.taylor@auckland.ac.nz

Waipapa Marae Video

This video features interviews with Professor Margaret Mutu – Department of Māori Studies, Dr Deidre Brown – School of Architecture and Planning and architect Ivan Mercep.

Increasing representation in governance and leadership

Māori are currently under-represented in governance and leadership roles in New Zealand which has negative impacts for members of these groups and for the governing bodies. Participation on boards, committees and professional associations are important leadership opportunities and can enhance networking and skill development.

Read the extensive listings of New Zealand’s public, private and community boards, committees and organisations under Increasing equity in governance. Māori staff are encouraged to apply for positions on these boards and committees.

Te Reo Māori Policy and Principles

The University supports the revitalisation of the by providing a framework for the use of Te Reo Māori within the entirety of the University...