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VUW extends deadline for name-change feedback by two weeks

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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 tended 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.

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. The deadline is now 5pm on Monday 27 August.

Mr Paviour-Smith also thanked everybody who has provided feedback so far. 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.

He encouraged people to visit the University’s website for information about the reasons underpinning the draft decision and to submit their views to the feedback channels established by the University.

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

Feedback can be emailed to ‘feedback@vuw.ac.nz’ or addressed to ‘The Chancellor, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140’. Feedback closes at 5pm Monday 27 August.


  1. Morris Oxford, 9. August 2018, 17:47

    Thanks to Scoop I now learn about the extension. Supposing there is a person who doesn’t see Scoop, how do they find out? Another expensive advertisement?
    While I’m on the subject I should like to say that there is at least one University which has been happy with its name for over 800 years and doesn’t want to change it. Indeed the local town is named after the University. Please note.

  2. Herbert Wolseley, 11. August 2018, 0:29

    Morris, I think you will find that the town of Oxford and its Saxon residents were well ensconced before the University came about (admittedly the second oldest University after Bologna). The date of Oxford University’s foundation is uncertain but its impetus was a King’s order for students to return from France with many heading to Oxford.

    So given this are you saying Victoria University should be renamed Wellington University after the town it is in? Once renamed, the new name could live on for 800+ years with ‘Victoria’ being a mere historical footnote.

  3. Stephen Kent, 11. August 2018, 19:23

    Let’s see if I understand this. The members of the VUW Council have already UNANIMOUSLY voted to change the name of the university. And, after that, the Vice-Chancellor seeks feedback . . . ?

    OK. Here goes:
    “This fatuous ‘branding’ campaign will fall on its face. Reputation, as a VUW faculty colleague pointed out to me, is built over generations. It is not something that can be created by fiat.”
    Feel free to read that into the record.

    I am, and will remain, a proud graduate of Victoria University of Wellington.

    Stephen Kent
    Senior University Scholar, VUW
    Honorary Fellow of The Royal Society of New Zealand

  4. Morris Oxford, 12. August 2018, 8:39

    Herbert: I guess I was indulging in a bit of conceit about “my” university being named after the town. I was not suggesting that Wellington City, which is a quite well-known name, is renamed Victoria City. The name-change would be almost universally uncalled-for and unwanted.