The Office of Māori Advancement

The role of the Office of Māori Advancement

The office of Māori Advancement headed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Associate Professor Pare Keiha works closely with AUT Māori staff, students and the wider community in advising and implementing Mātauranga Māori kaupapa throughout AUT. 

In addition the office provides leadership to both academic and service divisions in achieving AUT’s strategic plan, in particular strategic themes and goals related to the advancement of Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi. The office coordinates the Māori Advancement Advisory Committee as well as the day-to-day operations of the AUT Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae


AUT Strategic Plan

The Office of Māori Advancement provides executive leadership in supporting AUT’s Strategic Plan – with specific reference to the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori Advancement.  


Māori Advancement  initiatives

The office works across AUT and the wider community in building:

  • Effective relationships with mana whenua, iwi and Māori communities
  • Conducting research that benefits Māori and their communities.
  • Including Māori pathways in the curriculum.
  • Promoting access, success and advancement for Māori staff and students.


History of the Office of Māori Advancement

The office of Māori Advancement was established in 1997 and known as the Office of Te Ahurei (when the institution was known as AIT).  When AUT became a university in 2000, the title of Te Ahurei was changed to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori Advancement.  In the year 2004 AUT received a new Vice-Chancellor, Derek McCormack and restructuring resulted in the office being renamed the Office of Māori Advancement, headed by the Pro Vice Chancellor for Māori Advancement, Associated Professor Pare Keiha. The office was re-housed within the area of Te Ara Poutama (Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development) WB Block and renovated to provide better support systems and more opportunities for Māori staff and students of AUT.


Māori Advancement Advisory Committee (MAAC)

The Māori Advancement Advisory Committee (MAAC) advises the Pro Vice Chancellor Māori Advancement and assists the University to further its strategic objectives for Māori Advancement and related achievement. It has representation from senior academic and management staff and Māori students, for all faculties and relevant allied divisions. 

Terms of Reference

Last updated: 09-Jun-2017 9.44am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.