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Feedback deadline extended for VUW name change proposal

The period for providing feedback on the proposal to simplify Victoria University of Wellington’s name to University of Wellington has been extended to Monday 27 August.

The University Council has extended the feedback period for two weeks to ensure that all those wanting to comment have an opportunity to do so.

The Council voted unanimously 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 includes a commitment to the ongoing use of the word ‘Victoria’ to ensure its heritage is honoured and maintained.

The University held three public meetings this week to discuss the draft decision. Around 90 people in total attended the meetings.

Victoria University of Wellington Chancellor Neil Paviour-Smith says the Council has listened to those who have requested an extension and granted the two-week extension.

Feedback can be emailed to [email protected] or addressed to The Chancellor, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.

The deadline for feedback is now 5:00pm on Monday 27 August.

He encouraged people to visit the University’s website for information about the reasons underpinning the draft decision. That information is here:

All responses provided on the matter will be considered by the Council before it makes a final decision, which is now expected to happen at its Council meeting on 24 September.