The University's governing body is Council. It comprises lay, staff and student members. Council is the governing body through which the University acts. It controls the affairs, concerns and property of the University. Council is authorised by legislation to act in the ways best calculated to promote the interests of the University.
Council is chaired by the Chancellor, who is elected from the lay members of Council. The Deputy to the Chancellor is the Pro-Chancellor.
Office of the Vice-Chancellor
Professor Dawn Freshwater is the Vice-Chancellor. She is the head of the University: its chief academic and administrative officer and the employer of all staff.
Professor Freshwater is responsible for providing academic leadership along with effective management, and for leading strategic planning and directing resource allocation.
The Office of the Vice-Chancellor, located in the ClockTower, 22 Princes Street, is the administrative headquarters for the University.
Ihorua | Deputy Vice-Chancellors
Professor Valerie Linton
The Provost is the senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University, with responsibility for leading the academic mission. More about the Provost
Ihorua Rangahau | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research
Professor Frank Bloomfield
This role is responsible for assisting and advising the Vice-Chancellor and University Council on research policy, research management and performance. More about the DVC Research
Ihorua Kōtui Tangata | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Engagement
Professor Erik Lithander
This role is responsible for ensuring that the University develops, maintains and grows the key national and international relationships that will enhance and enable its ability to perform as a leading University. More about the DVC Strategic Engagement
Ihorua Whakahaere, Kaitiaki Rēhitatanga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Operations and Registrar
This role is responsible for Finance, IT, Property, Academic & Shared Services, Organisational Performance, Planning & Information, Campus Life, Legal and Risk functions. More about the DVC Operations and Registrar
Ihonuku | Pro Vice-Chancellors
Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori
Associate Professor Te Kawehau Hoskins
This role has responsibility for developing a positive Māori profile in the University and assisting in the development of Māori programmes in liaison with the Vice-Chancellor, Māori staff, students and the community. More about the PVC Māori
Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific
Associate Professor Jemaima Tiatia
This role has a responsibility for developing a positive Pacific profile in the University and assisting in the development of Pacific programmes in liaison with the Vice-Chancellor, Pacific staff, students and the community. More about the PVC Pacific
Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity
Professor Cathy Stinear
This role is responsible for Waipapa Taumata Rau’s strategic equity leadership and works in partnership with colleagues across the university. More about the PVC Equity
Pro Vice-Chancellor Education
Professor Bridget Kool
This role contributes to the oversight of cross-University academic matters, ensuring the quality of its academic policy and offerings, and excellence in learning and teaching approaches. More about the PVC Education