Treaty of Waitangi
Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Ki te kotahi te kākaho ka whati, ki te kāpuia, e kore e whati.
When the reeds stand alone they are vulnerable, but bound together they are unbreakable.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi, signed in 1840 between Māori and the Crown, is a foundational document in Aotearoa New Zealand’s history. The University of Otago upholds the articles of the Treaty and recognises Māori as tangata whenua (people of the land).
Through this, the University is committed to partnership with Māori, and Māori advancement. The University is proud of its cornerstone partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, mana whenua of the Otago region. The University and Ngāi Tahu signed a memorandum of understanding in 2001 which both gives effect to Ngāi Tahu’s aspirations and realises the University’s Treaty obligations.
Memoranda of understanding have also been signed with Ngāti Whatua, Waikato-Tainui and Ngāti Toa Rangatira, as well as a number of Māori health providers across the country. These agreements underpin beneficial relationships with iwi in the University’s areas of operation.
The University’s Treaty commitment to Māori partnership and advancement is articulated in the Māori Strategic Framework, which serves as an “anchor” for staff and students. It aims to increase Māori student and staff participation and success, and to embed mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) within the University’s core functions.
This response is led by the Office of Māori Development. Other key groups include the Associate Deans Māori network, Te Huka Mātauraka (Māori Centre), Te Poutama Māori (the Otago Māori Academic Staff Collective) and the Māori Health Development Workforce Unit.
Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te kahere; ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauraka nōna te ao.
The bird who partakes of the miro berry owns the forest; the bird who partakes of education owns the world.