He pūnaha atawhai ki ngā kaitono tohu kairangi | A support system for doctoral candidates

Wahapū is a comprehensive digital system for managing doctoral candidature. It is used by doctoral candidates, supervisors, academic heads and other parties involved in managing doctoral processes. All candidates under the new PhD Statute will have access to Wahapū.

Read the PhD Statute.

Want Wahapū access? Indicate that you wish to move to the new Statute.

Moving to the new Statute will grant current PhD candidates eligibility to use Wahapū. Candidates on the 2016 or 2011 Statutes can indicate that they would like to move to the new PhD Statute by submitting a PhD Statute Consent Form.

Once you have submitted this form, we will process your application. We will notify you via email once you have been moved to the new PhD Statute in the coming months.

Please note: You have not been moved to the new PhD Statute until you have received email confirmation.

Wahapū benefits

Candidates using Wahapū get specific benefits from the new PhD Statute, such as the ability to invite additional attendees to their examination, but the biggest improvements are the streamlined processes, valuable functions and overall convenience that come with managing candidature online.

With Wahapū candidates can:

  • Track the streamlined examination process from start to finish
  • Make self-service requests for candidature changes (replacing the DOC6)
  • Find and record professional development and training opportunities
  • Record supervision meeting outcomes
  • Manage your performance against candidature milestones

Named doctorate candidates

Wahapū will be made available to candidates on named doctorates once the regulations for named doctorate programmes (e.g. EdD, DClinPsy, DocFA etc) have been updated to allow it.

What ‘Wahapū’ means

Wahapū means both ‘harbour’ and ‘articulateness’. ‘Harbour’ references our city's physical geography and the metaphorical space of preparation that is our University. It symbolises, in the words of Kaiarataki Michael Steedman “an ecosystem which supports, upskills, nourishes and re-energises its inhabitants ahead of more significant journeys into the moana.” The sense of ‘articulateness’ acknowledges the eloquence essential to describing the world of research, sharing that knowledge across cultures and borders, and speaking as leaders on global issues.

Learn to pronounce this kupu at Māori Dictionary.

Got questions?

Staff and doctoral candidates can find out more about Wahapū at Wahapū doctoral candidature management project.

For more information, or if you are a registered doctoral candidate unable to access the PhD Statute Consent Form, please contact doctoraladvice@auckland.ac.nz.