AUT & the Treaty of Waitangi

It is through AUT’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi that the Office of Māori Advancement exists and with it the AUT Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae.

This important partnership AUT has with Māori honours the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, which is integral to the educational, social and philosophical culture of AUT, it ensures that AUT is meeting its commitment to Māori in our community.

AUT’s key strategic objective is to incorporate AUT’s Strategic Plan for Māori Development to permeate throughout the infra-structure and core business of the university including formal protocols, based on the three key principles enunciated in the treaty.  Briefly they are:

  • Partnership:  Māori to participate in decision making processes, curriculum development, initiatives and accountability processes.
  • Protection:  Māori to define and protect knowledge, legitimate knowledge to be defined by and for Māori to be included in representation and legitimating processes.
  • Participation:  Māori staff and students have access to the benefits of being an employee or student of the university. To participate in the opportunities and course offerings available and to contribute to the benefits of the university.  

The overall aim for AUT is to imbed the Treaty of Waitangi principles within AUT’s core business.  The office of the PVC Māori Advancement priority is to guide AUT to becoming the preferred university first choice for Māori.  In addition, the office must ensure that the Treaty of Waitangi is continually recognised and adhered to throughout AUT in its policies and day-to-day operations which includes the AUT Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae.  Added to this is the key leadership role that the office plays not only within AUT, but also throughout the wider community.


You can study the Treaty of Waitangi with Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Māori Development

This link above will take you to more information about the Treaty of Waitangi paper.

This paper covers the critical issues relevant to the Treaty of Waitangi in both its historical and contemporary contexts are explored. Students will be exposed to a range of social and political theories relevant to understanding contemporary Treaty issues.  A particular focus will be the analysis and interpretation of the way in which Treaty can be applied to contemporary social, political and economic initiatives.

It is designed for busy professionals and those with an interest in furthering their knowledge about the Treaty who wish to study via the internet and gain academic credit for their study.


Free for AUT staff

AUT offers staff to enrol in the Treaty of Waitangi paper free of charge except for any materials fees.   This study must be work-related, and approved by the staff members line manager as an agreed component of their individual development plan (IDP). 


Useful Treaty of Waitangi websites:

Last updated: 13-Jun-2016 3.06pm

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