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VUW to hold public meetings about proposed name change

Three public meetings will be held next week to answer questions about the proposal to change Victoria University of Wellington’s name to University of Wellington.

The Victoria University of Wellington Council made a draft decision on 27 July to recommend that the Minister of Education approve University of Wellington as the new legal name for the University, as well as adopt a new Māori name of Te Herenga Waka.

The draft decision also includes a commitment to the ongoing use of the word “Victoria”, to ensure its heritage is honoured and maintained.

The University will host three public meetings at Rutherford House on its Pipitea Campus, 33 Bunny Street.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford says anyone is welcome to attend the meetings and have their questions answered if they wish to find out more about the reasons behind the draft decision.

The meetings will take place as follows:

Monday 6 August from 6:00pm at Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 1

Tuesday 7 August from 6:00pm at Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 1

Wednesday 8 August from 7:00pm at Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 2

No RSVP is required.

Anyone unable to attend one of the meetings but who would like to provide feedback can email this to [email protected], or post a response to The Chancellor, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.

The deadline for feedback is 5:00pm Monday 13 August.

The University Council is expected to make a final decision at its 27 August meeting.