Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara

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Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara

Our NameThe New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committeehas recently adopted the name Universities NewZealand-Te Pōkai Tara. Like similar organisationsoverseas (Universities Australia, for example) ourwork has grown over time to include policy,advocacy and promotional functions in additionto our statutory roles.While we retain the name New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee in order to exercise ourstatutory functions and powers, the name UniversitiesNew Zealand-Te Pōkai Tara is our public face, as itmore accurately conveys the role we play as peakbody representing New Zealand’s eight universities.Rather than being a direct translation, the Māoricomponent of our name describes the essence of ourwork. Te Pōkai Tara represents a flock of Caspian Ternsmoving together, gathering and enveloping. It evokesa journey upwards and a connection with the sourceof knowledge and it carries with it a sense of the firstrays of light at dawn. The visual imagery associatedwith our new logo is derived from our Māori name.


The Vice-ChancellorsProfessor Stuart McCutcheonThe University of AucklandDerek McCormackAuckland University of TechnologyProfessor Roy CrawfordThe University of WaikatoHon Steve MahareyMassey UniversityProfessor Pat WalshVictoria University of WellingtonDr Rod CarrUniversity of CanterburyProfessor Roger FieldLincoln UniversityProfessor Sir David SkeggUniversity of OtagoHow We WorkUniversities New Zealand-Te Pōkai Tara (UniversitiesNZ) is the peak body representing New Zealand’suniversities in the public interest, both nationally andinternationally. The eight universities, represented bytheir Vice- Chancellors, make up the membershipof Universities NZ. The Vice-Chancellors meet on aformal basis six times a year.Universities NZ works through a small team based inWellington and has delegated a number of functionsto a range of committees generally consisting ofa representative from each university. In additionUniversities NZ convenes working parties and expertgroups to address specific issues affecting universities.Within its overall mission Universities NZ has a numberof key roles. These include advice to government andits agencies, approval and moderation procedures foracademic programmes in universities, administrationand development of over forty national scholarshipsfor undergraduate and postgraduate study and thegeneric promotion of the country’s universities, bothin New Zealand and internationally.Other important functions of Universities NZ arethe co-ordination of university research policy andfunding, facilitating Māori academic advancement,fostering internationalisation of education, maintaininginternational links through such bodies as theAssociation of Commonwealth Universities, surveyinggraduate outcomes and nominating universityrepresentatives to outside organisations.


TE PŌKAI TARAUNIVERSITIESNEW ZEALANDAssociated Level 9, 142 Lambton With Us Quay | PO Box 11915 | Wellington 6142 | New ZealandT 64 4 381 8500 | F 64 4 381 8501 | E enquiries@universitiesnz.ac.nz | W www.universitiesnz.ac.nzNew Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit (NZUAAU)New Zealand Universities Superannuation Scheme (NZUSS)The NZUAAU audits academic quality of the universities andEstablished by the universities, the NZUSS has more than 6000promotes quality enhancement initiatives. The NZUAAU governing members. Universities NZ’s Executive Director is Secretary toboard is appointed by Universities NZ.the NZUSS.ChancellorsThe Chancellors of the universities meet three times a year,as a group and with Universities NZ.Level 9, 142 Lambton Quay | PO Box 11915 | Wellington 6142 | New ZealandT 64 4 381 8500 | F 64 4 381 8501 | E enquiries@universitiesnz.ac.nz | W www.universitiesnz.ac.nz