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                        IMPORTANT AND USEFUL STUFF.
Studying at the University
      has really broadened
      my ideas about career
      options and my future.
      There’s plenty to explore
      with my degree.
      Zac McLeod
      Student, Bachelor of Arts

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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matters covered by this document are subject to change due to a continuous                       RATING SYSTEM
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Contents page top image: Rebecca Renwick
Introduction                       2
Strategies for learning success    4
Supporting your studies           6
Health and wellbeing              14
Getting involved                  18
Communities                       22
Staying safe                      28
Looking ahead                     32
Getting help                      36
Contacts                          39
Index                             46
This guide is to help give you the information you need                 Email
to study successfully, become an active part of the
                                                                        A university email address will be sent to you when you
university community, and have a meaningful student
                                                                        enrol. To access your email account, click on the email link in
experience while at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University
                                                                        myTools. You will need to sign in to the mail system with your
of Wellington.
                                                                        username and password. The University’s main channel of
There is so much to get involved in during your time at                 communication is through your university email address.
university and we encourage you to make the most of your                
time here. Whether you are studying in person or online, here
as an undergraduate or a postgraduate, as a school leaver               Faculty offices
or after many years in a career, we will support you to pursue
                                                                        Go to your faculty office with questions about your degree
your passions and excel in your chosen area of study.
                                                                        and courses, for academic transcripts, and for help with other
Throughout this guide, you will find information on who you can         academic matters.
contact if you need help or support (go to page 39 for a full list of
contact details and who to ask about key topics).
                                                                        Info Ihonui
    The University has a number of                                      Info Ihonui are places on campus you can go for general
                                                                        university advice, information, and assistance. There are
    channels for staying in touch and                                   seven locations:
    making sure you are up to date with                                 ■   Level 2, Library entrance, the Hub, Kelburn campus
    student life.                                                       ■   Level 1, Hunter building, Kelburn campus
                                                                        ■   Level 4, Murphy building, Kelburn campus
                                                                        ■   Ground Floor, Rutherford House, Pipitea campus
Blackboard                                                              ■   Level 0, Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation,
Blackboard is an online tool that supports the delivery                     Te Aro campus
of your courses. It provides course information and                     ■   Level 1, Miramar Creative Centre
materials, including course administration, course outlines,            ■   Level 4, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland premises.
communications, electronic course submissions, assessment,
and evaluations. You can log in to Blackboard using myTools.            

                                            Information screens
                                                                        Screens on all campuses are updated regularly with
                                                                        student services information, upcoming events, important
                                                                        dates, and promotions.

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myView is a student blog about anything and everything to
do with the student experience—from study tips and life on
campus to what different clubs are doing and projects that
students are involved in.

myTools is the place online where you can access and
manage a number of the University’s web services, including
adding or dropping courses, Blackboard, CareerHub, emails,
fees, grades, myAllocator, and myDegree.

    Keep your contact details up to date. We need
    these contact details so we can reach you in an

Social media
The University has multiple social media channels, including
Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. Follow
us to keep up with news, events, competitions, information,
and acknowledgements.

Be sure to share your student experience with us—tag us on
Instagram and Twitter.

Student newsletter
We regularly email students Whītiki, a newsletter providing
important information and updates from the University,
resources to support your studies, and stories from our
student community.
 Follow these steps to set yourself up to achieve in your studies.

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        DO IT!                                    BE ORGANISED                                 KEEP A
        ■   Attend lectures                       ■    Follow a study routine.                 BALANCE IN LIFE
            and tutorials on campus               ■    Mark assignment due                     ■   Connect with people.
            and online.                                dates on a wall planner.                ■   Look after yourself.
        ■   Do your readings.
                                                                                               ■   Manage your money.
        ■   Use the Library.
        ■   Participate.
        ■   Talk about your classes
            with others.

    ■   Work ethic is the number-one skill in the top 10 skills   ■   Managing money is a skill you can learn and practise.
        rated by employers.                                       ■   Students who have university goals that relate to
    ■   Regular lecture attendance increases your chances             their lives, values, beliefs, and interests are more
        of passing and getting good grades.                           likely to be engaged and motivated.
    ■   Sleep-deprived people have 19 percent less memory         ■   Students who seek help early experience better
        than those who sleep well.                                    outcomes.

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KNOW WHY YOU                 ASK WHEN
ARE STUDYING                 YOU NEED TO
■   Make goals to help       ■   Ask sooner, rather than later.
    your motivation and      ■   Build on what you know.
    resilience when things
                             ■   Access the services that are
    get hard.
                                 available to you.
Services and support are available         STUDENT LEARNING
across the University to help you settle   The learning advisers at Student Learning specialise in
                                           helping you achieve academic success. Staff work with all
in to academic life, enhance your          students, from first year to postgraduate level, on academic
learning experience, and achieve your      writing, study skills, and mathematics.
study goals. You can visit our teams on    Student Learning offers:
campus or get in touch online, take part   ■   free academic and study skills workshops and specialist
                                               programmes throughout the year
in events and workshops, and access a
                                           ■   online resources, including introductions to study skills,
range of online resources.                     academic writing, and research
                                           ■   individual 50-minute appointments on campus and
                                               online to assist your study
                                           ■   support for mathematics and statistics learning
                                           ■   15-minute express appointments with a learning adviser
                                               at the Info Ihonui, Level 2, Library entrance, the Hub,
                                               between 11 am and 2 pm, Monday to Friday
                                           ■   a Māori learning adviser to support Māori students in
                                               their studies
                                           ■   a Pasifika learning adviser to support Pasifika students in
                                               their studies.
Our workshops include study, writing, and exam skills as well
as specialised workshops for international and postgraduate
students. All students are welcome, and you don’t need to
book in advance for most workshops.

   Workshops are held at Student
   Learning, Hunter Courtyard, Level 0,
   Kirk building, Kelburn campus.
   Workshops are also offered online.
   The full schedule of Student Learning
   workshops is online.


                                                                Student Guide 2021 7
MAKING THE TRANSITION                                            TEST AND EXAM SKILLS
TO UNIVERSITY                                                    Regular revision (within 24 hours) of your lecture notes, doing
                                                                 the readings, and keeping up with your workload during
At university, the expectations may be different to what you
                                                                 the trimester will help you do well in your assessments.
are used to. Student Learning will run two half-day sessions
                                                                 Assessments require strong course content knowledge and
on academic writing and study skills. These sessions will help
                                                                 effective test skills. These workshops aim to help you fine-tune
you adapt to the academic expectations at the University. You
                                                                 your performance.
must register online.

ACADEMIC WRITING SKILLS                                          INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’
You will be expected to complete different types of university   SUPPORT AND WORKSHOPS
assessments. Although you may also be asked to write             We want to ensure our international students have all the skills
reports, literature reviews, journal articles, and research      and knowledge they need to be successful in their study.
proposals, the academic essay is the most common written
                                                                 As international students, you may face new study
assessment. An understanding of key academic writing
                                                                 challenges and opportunities. Student Learning offers
skills will help you identify what markers are looking for
                                                                 a range of programmes to help you understand the
when they grade your essays and will improve your writing.
                                                                 expectations of the University’s teaching staff, as well
You will be able to apply these skills to other forms of
                                                                 as ways to meet those expectations. You will get the
written assessment. Student Learning teaches a range of
                                                                 opportunity to meet new people and have some fun on
skills to help you improve your academic writing, including
                                                                 campus through our conversation and cross-cultural
referencing and editing, starting and planning essays,
                                                                 communication programmes. We will help you gain
thinking critically, and writing your essay.
                                                                 skills and confidence in your academic study through
                                                                 programmes such as academic speaking, polishing your
STUDY AND                                                        grammar, and preparing for academic life and study.

Learn strategies to stay on top of your studies and schedule,
get the most out of your readings and notes, and present
your ideas confidently. The range of workshops include:
■   creating mind maps
■   giving presentations
■   learning to learn
■   managing your time and online learning
■   reading effectively
■   taking notes.

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POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS’                                         MATHS AND STATISTICS
SUPPORT AND WORKSHOPS                                          WORKSHOPS
Postgraduate study and individual and guided research          Student Learning provides mathematics and statistics support
projects call for advanced critical thinking, argumentation,   for students taking first-year applied statistics (STAT 193,
and writing and research skills that build on your             QUAN 102) and mathematics (QUAN 111) and for students
undergraduate degree. Student Learning offers workshops,       whose courses have some mathematical content but who
seminars, and one-to-one appointments to help you through      are not studying mathematics. All workshops are student
your research journey. There are more resources available      centered and problem based. We also offer drop-in sessions
online to help you with your postgraduate study.               across Trimesters 1 and 2. Students are encouraged to bring
                                                               along problems to work through. No booking is needed—just
Research skills seminars                                       turn up. Appointments with the maths and statistics learning
These seminars are intended as a general introduction,         adviser can be made for individuals or small study groups.
suitable for Honours, Master’s, and PhD levels, and are run
from Week 2 to Week 7 of each trimester both on campus and
online. A full schedule is available online.
                                                               MĀORI AND PASIFIKA
Sessions will cover topics such as:
                                                               LEARNING ADVISERS
■   ethical approval                                           E te iti, e te rahi, nau mai, haere mai ra.
■   interview techniques                                       Māori learning adviser
■   literature reviews                                         You may prefer to work with someone from your cultural
■   oral presentations                                         background, and the Māori learning adviser at Student
■   qualitative research                                       Learning Te Taiako can help guide you through your
                                                               university studies.
■   quantitative research
■   research proposals                                         Pasifika learning adviser
■   thesis structure.                                          Would you like someone who is familiar with your cultural
                                                               background to support, develop, and encourage you in your
                                                               learning journey? Drop in to see our Pasifika learning adviser
                                                               at Student Learning.

                                                               Our Māori and Pasifika learning advisers run customised
                                                               workshops for Māori and Pasifika students. These workshops
                                                               will provide you with tools and tips to prepare you for
                                                               lectures, tutorials, assignments, and exams.

                                                                                                        Student Guide 2021 9
Access our library services and resources online, including
tailored support for your study and assignments.
You can discover all the online and physical resources in the
Library using Te Waharoa, the Library’s search engine.
You can also visit the four campus libraries and use their
resources, services, and facilities. Help is available from staff
at the Info Ihonui. Bring your student ID with you for printing,
copying, and borrowing. Subject librarians can help you
online or in person with your research and strengthen your
search skills.

Māori and Pasifika support
Specialist research skills and assignment support is available
for Māori and Pasifika students.

Explore the Library
Check the Library website and our Facebook page to see
what’s on. Register online for tours, specialist training sessions,
and workshops to help you get the most out of the Library.
Find the right resources for your assignments and gain
confidence in using referencing management tools.

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LANGUAGE LEARNING CENTRE                                            PEER-ASSISTED STUDY
Haere mai ki Te Pūtahi Reo!                                         SUPPORT
If you are taking a language course, want to improve your English   Join a Peer-Assisted Study Support (PASS) group. These study
skills, or want to meet other language students from around the     sessions are led by successful students and are offered in a
world, the Language Learning Centre (LLC) is the place for you.     number of courses. Your PASS leader will help you develop
                                                                    effective learning strategies to reinforce subject knowledge in
The LLC offers:                                                     an informal environment. The leaders encourage the proactive,
■   friendly language-learning advice and resource                  independent learning required at university.
    recommendations                                                 Research shows that students who attend PASS regularly
■   a welcoming space and multilingual atmosphere                   have a 93 percent success rate in exams. The PASS groups
■   a noticeboard to find a language exchange buddy                 begin in Week 3 of Trimesters 1 and 2 and will have online
■   self-access language-learning resources (both physical          options in some courses. Look for information in lectures and
    and digital) for 80 languages, which can be used on             on Blackboard. Sign up online.
    campus or at home                                               
■   board games and subtitled movies in many languages
■   bookable study rooms for group work, interviews,
    language club meetings, and movie viewing
■   self-access computers with headsets and microphones
    for listening and voice recording
■   printing, copying, and scanning
■   troubleshooting help throughout the day.

    “The student experience here
    is amazing! There are so many
    opportunities for personal
    development, and after making the
    most of all of them, I’m really proud
    of who I’ve become.”

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DISABILITY SERVICES                                                 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Disability Services works in partnership with students to           Wellington University International provides specialist support
strengthen the University’s culture of inclusion, celebrate         and services to international students. The international student
disability, and ensure students can participate fully and           advisers can provide personal, academic, or cultural support,
achieve their aspirations. At the University, disability includes   information, and advice during your time at the University—
injuries, impairments, and health conditions that affect            whether you are studying online or in person. They can assist
learning, concentration, mobility, hearing, speech, or vision.      you to renew your student visa and to make insurance claims
The team provides individual coaching, liaison with academic        through the University’s preferred insurer, Studentsafe. The
staff, adaptive technology, sign-language interpreting,             team works closely with the University’s other student services,
note-taking assistance, mobility parking, assessment support,       faculties, and academic staff to provide you with the support you
ergonomic furniture, and quiet places to rest and study.            need to succeed. To meet with an international student adviser,
Students can meet with a disability and inclusion adviser on        visit Level 2, Easterfield building, Kelburn campus, anytime
campus or online.                                                   between 9 am and 4.45 pm, Monday to Friday, or contact us by
                                                                    email to request an appointment.
                                      
Each campus has an accessible route, which is indicated on
the maps.
                                                                    MĀORI STUDENTS
Increase your understanding of disability with disability and
                                                                    Āwhina is the support team for Māori students. Our kaupapa
inclusion training. Disability Services runs sessions through
                                                                    (goal) is to provide academic and holistic support for Māori
the Wellington Plus programme.
                                                                    students enrolled in any degree or course. Our experienced
                                 staff offer one-on-one advising and mentoring sessions,
                                                                    tutorials, study wānanga, and a range of workshops to help you
More than 120 volunteer note takers, van drivers, access
                                                                    achieve your study goals. Our culturally inclusive environment
guides, and team leaders supplement the efforts of staff at
                                                                    includes whānau rooms with computer facilities, study areas,
Disability Services. Make connections, gain new perspectives,
                                                                    free tea and coffee, a small kitchenette to prepare food, and
and be a change-maker—find out the many ways that you can
                                                                    space to meet with peers or tuākana (older students). We can
get involved.
                                                                    help you transition successfully from secondary education or
                                      work into tertiary study. Nau mai, haere mai—come and visit us
                                                                    at the Kelburn, Pipitea, and Te Aro campus spaces.

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PASIFIKA STUDENTS                                                RAINBOW AND INCLUSION
The Pasifika Student Success team fosters Pasifika learning      At the University, our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
and teaching communities in an environment that is               queer, intersex, asexual/agender (LGBTQIA+), and takatāpui
welcoming, safe, and focused on academic excellence,             communities are known as the rainbow community. We offer
personal growth, and wellbeing. Our students have access         a range of services and resources for students who identify
to a mentoring programme, course-specific study sessions,        with diverse sexualities, genders, and sex characteristics.
exam-oriented preparation, and workshops that support            Our rainbow and inclusion adviser connects students with
learning and development as well as meeting cultural needs.      appropriate services and works with our community to ensure
We offer support both on campus and online. Holistic support     that the University is a safe and inclusive environment.
can take the form of a chat over a cup of tea, devising          Students can contact the adviser for advice and guidance.
time-management strategies, and discussing learning              
objectives. We provide support to Pasifika students at every     
level, including postgraduate students. We are here to help
you navigate the crossing into tertiary study and look forward
to welcoming you on board. There are Pasifika spaces at the      REFUGEE-BACKGROUND
Kelburn, Pipitea, and Te Aro campuses.
                                                                 The University has more than 200 students from diverse
                                                                 refugee backgrounds, who are supported by an adviser for
                                                                 refugee-background students and a network of academic
                                                                 and professional staff. Through the work of the adviser and
POSTGRADUATE STUDENT                                             the network, we organise an annual welcome as part of
WORKSHOPS                                                        New Students’ Orientation, administer awards for promising
The Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research holds regular        students who are experiencing financial hardship, run
research-focused workshops and events for doctoral               workshops, and liaise with services across the University to
candidates. These workshops run throughout the year with         ensure students are well supported.
presentations from local and visiting international speakers     
and are designed to support candidates through the different     
phases of their candidature.
The Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research also facilitates
weekly Shut up and Write sessions on the Kelburn and
Pipitea campuses, where students can bring their writing to
work on alongside others in a relaxed, friendly environment
that can increase motivation and productivity.
Every student has the ability to thrive at university. Students
who thrive are interested in what they are studying and lead
balanced lives. They are engaged with others, their studies,
                                                                  Health information for
and their communities, and are determined to reach their          international students
goals. They possess skills that help them live a good life at     International students based in New Zealand can
university, even in difficult and pressured times.                access all health services but are not eligible for
Looking after your mind and body is an important part of          free healthcare under New Zealand’s public health
study stamina as it helps avoid burnout. Prioritise your health   system. Some international students on special
and wellbeing at all times, not just during down times or         government scholarships may be eligible for free
highly pressured times. By doing so, you will learn better and    healthcare. For all other international students based
enjoy a higher quality of life.                                   in New Zealand, healthcare costs will be covered in
                                                                  most instances by their insurance, and counselling
Sometimes, you will need support and guidance from health         will always be covered. Without insurance, medical
professionals to help you through tough times. The University     treatment for international visitors can be extremely
has excellent counselling, health, wellbeing, and recreation      expensive.
services for students.
The Mauri Ora (Student Health and Counselling) team
provides a range of services to help students manage their
physical and mental wellbeing while at university.

Student Health offers confidential healthcare consultations on
campus and online. Our doctors and nurses provide a full range
of health services, including care if you have had an accident,
are unwell, or are managing an ongoing health condition.
Appointments for contraception, sexual health checks, and
preventative healthcare such as immunisations are also
available. Routine appointments with either a doctor or a nurse
are free for students who are registered with Student Health.
    04 463 5308

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STUDENT COUNSELLING                                                TE TUMU WAIORA/
Appointments for professional and confidential counselling         TOWARDS WELLNESS
are available for any issue affecting personal or academic
                                                                   Under Te Tumu Waiora, students enrolled with Mauri Ora
success. You can make an initial counselling appointment by
                                                                   have access to wellbeing services. These services are
email, by phone, or by visiting Student Counselling at Mauri
                                                                   free and easy to access and include a health improvement
Ora reception at Kelburn or Pipitea campuses during opening
                                                                   practitioner (HIP) and a health coach. A HIP’s role is to help
hours. You will be asked to complete a brief counselling intake
                                                                   people identify where they are feeling stuck in their life and
form and will then be offered an appointment for an initial
                                                                   help find a plan to improve the situation and a way to move
counselling session. This will be an opportunity for you to
                                                                   forward. This could be related to mental health, relationship,
discuss your concerns with a counsellor who will help resolve
                                                                   or lifestyle concerns. A health coach can help people improve
any immediate issues and work with you to develop a plan
                                                                   their health and wellbeing through improving habits around
to get you back on track with your life and studies. The plan
                                                                   diet, exercise, sleep, and creating work/life balance.
could include follow-up counselling, linking you with our range
of wellbeing workshops, or a referral to other support services.   

Student Counselling has some brief appointments, for
academic or other concerns, available each day with a duty
counsellor, as well as emergency sessions for those with               In crisis?
serious concerns regarding their own safety or that of others.         It’s okay to reach out for help—never hesitate if you
Appointments are also available at Te Herenga Waka marae               are concerned for someone else or yourself. If you
each week during the trimesters.                                       would like to talk to a trained counsellor for free 24/7
                                                                       confidential help, advice, or support, contact 1737 Need
    04 463 5308                                                       to Talk by calling or texting 1737 any time for support.
                                          In the event of a life-threatening emergency:

Piki                                                                   ■     phone 111 or
Student Counselling is also a provider service of Piki (until at       ■     go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
least June 2021). Piki aims to equip you with tools that can
help you overcome adversity and strengthen your wellbeing.
If you would like to access free support to help you manage
your wellbeing, Piki is available for those aged between
18 and 25 and living in the greater Wellington region.

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STUDENT WELLBEING                                                 Storycraft
Maintaining a good level of wellbeing can be a challenge          Storycraft is a student-run peer support writing group that
while you are studying. Get some helpful tips, access             brings creative minds together in a safe and fun environment.
resources, or attend a course or workshop.                        Storycraft nurtures creative writing skills with prompts and
                                                                  discussion questions. The group allows students to feel
                                     grounded and supported at university, which is helpful in the

Wellbeing workshops and activities                                academic environment.

Our wellbeing workshops and related activities are an             

                                                                  Cultural Coffee Club
opportunity for you to focus on your wellbeing and personal
development. Get involved in a group session with fellow
students and learn strategies to help support your                The Cultural Coffee Club is a student-led group supporting the
academic success.                                                 University’s refugee-background and international students.
                                     The club is a way for students to discuss mental health through
                                                                  a cultural lens and uplift one another to succeed at university.
Online wellbeing resources                                        Join them for a cup of coffee or tea once a week in the Bubble.
These resources can help to support the building blocks           
of your physical and mental wellbeing. They include               
recommendations you can put into action straight away for
help with mental distress, living away from home, connecting      Fruit and vegetable co-operative
with others, and academic pressure. They feature videos,
apps, worksheets, podcasts, images, and quick reads to fuel       The fruit and vegetable co-op is a non-profit social enterprise
your mind and body for success at university.                     supported by Student Wellbeing, the Victoria University of
                                                                  Wellington Students’ Association, and community partners.
                           For $12 a week, you will receive one bag of fruit and one of

The Bubble                                                        vegetables, comprising six to eight seasonal varieties, which
                                                                  you can collect at any of our campuses.
The Bubble is a comfortable place for students to study, relax,
and connect with others. Students will find regular support       
from the Bubble leaders, who are students trained in peer
support and who can help connect students with relevant
                                                                      “Often we forget how important our
services around campus. The Bubble is located on Level 2 of
the Student Union building, Kelburn campus. Student leaders           wellbeing can be, but taking care of
are available between 11 am and 2 pm on weekdays.                     it will mean you are in a healthy state
                                        of mind to study. Student Wellbeing
                                                                      has lots of information, advice, and
                                                                      activities, including online resources
                                                                      that can aid you in taking the right
                                                                      step towards wellbeing.”
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UNIVERSITY RECREATION                                           Tertiary sport competitions
WELLINGTON                                                      Our students compete against New Zealand’s other
                                                                universities and tertiary institutions in the University Tertiary
Give your student experience a boost by getting involved        Sport New Zealand championship. Trials are open to all
with University Recreation Wellington. Keeping healthy,         students; we aim to select our top sportspeople and have our
active, and social will support your academic aspirations.      strongest teams representing the University.

Fitness memberships                                             Self-defence courses
While many of our spaces and equipment are free for student     We hold self-defence courses throughout the year.
use, signing up for a fitness membership can give you access    These courses are open to all self-identifying women and
to the Fitness Studio, which has machine and free weights,      non-binary people.
a comprehensive selection of cardio equipment, and our
popular group exercise classes.                                 
Sports leagues
Our social sports leagues are a great way to get active in a
fun and friendly environment. Enter a team with your mates or
                                                                STUDENT FINANCE
join as an individual and make new friends.                     Money management is a life skill that you are best to start
                                                                learning and practising now. For most students, money is
Just Play                                                       a scarce resource and, though it is never easy, developing
                                                                money management skills can contribute greatly to your
Just Play sessions are free, flexible, and open to everyone.
                                                                chances of enjoying and succeeding at university. Our
There are designated times for a variety of sports throughout
                                                                financial survival guides equip you with realistic information
the week. Come along and get active with like-minded
                                                                about the cost of living, managing a limited income,
people. No cost, no commitment, Just Play!
                                                                controlling spending, and budgeting.
Events                                                          

                                                                Financial advice
The University Recreation Wellington team delivers a variety
of events and programmes, including Glow Zumba classes,
healthy lifestyle challenges, and programmes for students to    The student finance advisers can help you:
get involved.
                                                                ■   get control of your money and take the stress out of
Athletes’ support                                                   coping financially
                                                                ■   get emergency help when you need it (through the
We support student athletes to balance the many challenges
                                                                    Student Hardship Fund)
they face while juggling study and sport commitments. If you
are an athlete competing at a national or an international      ■   sort out StudyLink issues.
level, contact the University Recreation Wellington team to     Staff are available for appointments at the Kelburn and Pipitea
discuss the support available.                                  campuses and online on different days during the week.
                                                                Appointments can be booked through 0800 04 04 04, online,
                                                                or in person in the foyer of Hunter building, Kelburn campus.
University isn’t just essays and
assessments. Extracurricular activities                “Volunteer and student service
are a great way to give to others,                     roles have given me a diverse skill
improve your skills, increase your                     set that I can apply to a range of
employability, enhance your global                     situations.”
competence, and make friends.

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Joining a club is a great way for students to make new
friends, learn new skills, and make their experience at
university a rich and rewarding one. The clubs directory
boasts more than 180 clubs, including cultural, performing
arts, political, religious, social, and sporting groups.

Clubs Expo
The University’s Clubs Expo provides all students with a great
chance to find and connect with their club of choice.

 Trimester 1 Clubs Expo
 10 am–2 pm, Tuesday 23 &       The Hub, Kelburn campus
 Wednesday 24 February
 10 am–2 pm, Thursday           Rutherford House, Pipitea
 25 February                    campus
 Trimester 2 Clubs Expo
 10 am–2 pm, Tuesday 6 &        The Hub, Kelburn campus
 Wednesday 7 July
 10 am–2 pm, Thursday           Rutherford House, Pipitea
 8 July                         campus

Student sponsorship
Clubs and individuals can apply for sponsorship funding to
assist with events, activities, and trips for students.

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INTERNATIONAL                              LEADERSHIP                                  MENTORING
CONNECTIONS                                PROGRAMMES                                  Take the opportunity to mentor and
                                                                                       support other students.
All students can link in and help          Challenge yourself, develop confidence,
international students settle into our     and gain valuable learning. Students who    
university.                                complete the University’s extracurricular      leadership-programmes
                                           programmes receive awards recognising
                                           their outstanding achievement.

REPRESENTATION                             STUDY HELP ROLES                            VOLUNTEER
Be the voice of other students and         Help your fellow students by becoming       Give back to fellow students and the
represent them and their concerns and      a mentor or a PASS leader, taking notes,    wider Wellington community through
ideas with lecturers, faculties, and the   running drop-in sessions, and more.         volunteer work.
University as a whole.
                                                                     
                            give-study-support

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SUSTAINABILITY                                                 These improvements have taken place while the University
                                                               continues to expand, but we still have work to do. You can help
Across the University, staff and students are working          by choosing low-carbon transport to get to campus, reducing
together to develop solutions for a sustainable future.        your waste, using the recycling bins on campus, encouraging
The University supports and promotes the United Nations        your friends to make sustainable choices, and getting involved
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through research,         in sustainability solutions. Students are champions for a
education, and operations. The SDGs aim to tackle poverty,     sustainable future at the University and beyond. You can get
promote prosperity and wellbeing for all, protect the          involved in sustainability through your study, clubs, or leadership
environment and address climate change, and encourage          programmes, or by working with the Sustainability Office or the
good governance, peace, and security. Between 2007 and         students’ association on specific sustainability projects.
2019, the University improved its environmental footprint as
shown below.                                                   

                        32              percent
                                        less paper

                        48             percent
                                        less water

                         percent decrease in
                         carbon emissions

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There are a number of communities
and spaces open to you. You’re invited
to make the most of their services and
join in their events and activities.

Te Herenga Waka marae
Te Herenga Waka—the University’s marae on our Kelburn
campus—is a multipurpose teaching, learning, research, and
engagement hub for all staff and students. Resources and
activities include:
■   Āwhina hub
                                                                    Explore other Māori student
■   bookable study and meeting spaces                               representative groups.
■   cultural support
■   $5 lunches in the wharekai (dining hall) during
    Trimesters 1 and 2
■   Te Tumu Herenga Waka (meeting house)
■   Te Whanake Mauri Tū (computer suite)
■   whānau housing.

Ngāi Tauira/Māori students’ association
Ngāi Tauira—the Māori students’ association—represents the
interests of all tauira Māori studying at the University. The
association helps with academic achievement by hosting study
wānanga and sharing information about scholarships and
funding. It also represents tauira Māori on university committees
and boards, and contributes to national Māori student
representation. Social and cultural support is given through
kapa haka, celebrations, and networking opportunities.

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Pasifika Haos
Pasifika Haos is a place of belonging for all Pasifika students at
the University. It is looked after by the Pasifika Student Success
team, many of whom are based at the Haos, and it is maintained
by the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika).
Located at 15 Mount Street, Pasifika Haos has study and
social spaces, dedicated computer suites, and a bookable
meeting room that has audiovisual capability. Pasifika Haos
is also the location of the Pasifika Students’ Council desk.
Pasifika Haos is available for study and academic or pastoral
support, and is a place to relax together in a culturally
appropriate environment. Come in and share a cup of tea and
talanoa with the Pasifika Student Success team.

Pasifika Students’ Council
The Pasifika Students’ Council is committed to success,
equity, and equality for Pasifika students by advocating for,
and promoting, a Pasifika voice at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria
University of Wellington. One of its goals is to be a critic and
conscience of the University, by encouraging discussion and
action and ensuring Pasifika students’ issues are recognised
and taken into account.

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RAINBOW STUDENTS                                                 REFUGEE-BACKGROUND
At the University, our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,      STUDENTS
queer, intersex, asexual/agender (LGBTQIA+), and takatāpui       The University has more than 200 students from diverse
communities are known as the rainbow community. Students         refugee backgrounds, who are supported by an adviser and
can contact the rainbow and inclusion adviser for advice and     a network of academic and professional staff. Students can
guidance (see page 13). Information for rainbow students,        contact the adviser for advice and guidance (see page 13).
including the locations of gender-diverse bathrooms, is on
our website.                                                     
                                      Refugee-background students’ club
UniQ                                                             Vic Without Barriers, a student club, is a great place to build
                                                                 connections, have fun, and receive informal support from
UniQ Victoria is the Queer Students’ Association of              other students from refugee backgrounds.
Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.
We are a student community group dedicated to providing
queer students with social support and services that have a
positive impact on their health and wellbeing and ensure that
our University is a safe and inclusive environment.
We are also advocates for the interests of queer students,
pursuing policy and legislative change, raising visibility for
our community, running campaigns, and supporting students
to connect with the services they need.

Rainbow Law Students’ Society
Our Society celebrates and supports LGBTQIA+ and takatāpui
Law students.

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SPIRITUAL                                                        Muslim students
Chaplaincies                                                     Tahir Nawaz, a staff member in the Wellington Faculty of
                                                                 Education, supports Muslim students.
University brings up big questions of who we are and what
we are about. In answering those questions, others can arise     
about who God is and what it means to have a faith.              The Muslim students’ association, VicMuslims, seeks to
The university chaplains journey alongside students and          bring all Muslims together and closer to Allah. It also aims
staff, regardless of belief or background. If you need           to increase the community’s awareness and understanding
someone to talk to in confidence about spirituality, God,        of Muslims and Islam, working with clubs, associations, and
study, or life in general, the chaplains are at 8 Kelburn        institutions to host events and activities.
Parade from 9.30 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday with filter         The association ensures the needs of all Muslim students are
coffee brewed and T2 tea on tap. Drop by for a hot drink         catered for at the University, including providing comfortable
and to study or meet friends.                                    spaces for Muslims to perform prayer on campus in the
The chaplains hold regular rhythms of prayer and worship         following locations:
through the day and week. Anyone is welcome to join in.          ■   Kelburn campus—Rooms KK202A (males) and KK201
The chaplaincy also operates out of room RH112 on Level 1 of         (females), Kirk building
Rutherford House at the Pipitea campus. Contact us to find a     ■   Pipitea campus—Room RH501, Rutherford House
time to meet.                                                    ■   Te Aro campus —Room VS324.

                                        
                                    

Berrigan House
Berrigan House, at 4 Kelburn Parade, is a welcoming Catholic
                                                                 STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN
house of hospitality in the radical tradition of the Catholic    We welcome students with children and understand the
Worker Movement. Mass is held every Wednesday evening,           challenges of juggling family commitments with study and
followed by dinner.                                              research. You can read more online about the University’s
                                                                 support for students with children.
                                                                 For students studying on campus, baby-changing and
Māori chaplain                                                   feeding facilities are available at all campuses.
Reverend Māmari Stephens provides pastoral support to            
students and staff for the spiritual aspect of life on campus,
within a Māori context.                                          Childcare services
                                   Students can use two early childhood education services on
                                                                 the Kelburn campus. High-quality services are available for
                                                                 children from zero to five years, part time or full time. Places
                                                                 are available throughout the year.

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Students’ association
Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association
(VUWSA) makes sure you’re having the best experience
possible during your years of study. It is independent from
the University and free for all students of the University
to join. Because it is student-led, student ideas shape
everything it does.
The VUWSA executive consists of 10 elected students who
are responsible for the direction and governance of VUWSA.
The executive, and more than 1,400 class representatives
and faculty delegates, are committed to making sure student
voices and opinions are heard at all levels of the University.
The executive runs political campaigns, including lobbying
for student discounts on public transport, and for better
mental health services and flatting conditions for students.
Throughout the year, VUWSA puts on a range of events such
as OWeek (the annual orientation festival) and Stress-Free
Study Week, which has activities to help you get fighting fit
and prepared for conquering exams. It provides a weekly fruit
and vegetable market and monthly food trucks at the Kelburn
campus and manages student media on campus, including
the weekly Salient magazine.
The association also provides a range of welfare services
to help students in need. You can pick up a Community
Pantry food parcel, an inter-campus bus pass for free bus
travel, or some free bread from VUWSA’s office in the
Student Union building at the Kelburn campus. The VUWSA
advocates are there to provide professional, confidential,
and independent student support to help you with academic
issues, accommodation problems, and employment and legal
disputes. If you have any problem, they are there to help.

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Postgraduate students’ association
The Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA) is the
representative organisation for postgraduate students.
It represents postgraduate students on committees and
boards across the University, working to ensure that the
postgraduate student voice is heard. The PGSA also fosters
and celebrates the excellence of the postgraduate community
through academic conference grants, the 3-Minute Thesis
competition, the Research Excellence Awards, and the
annual Victoria’s Awards. The PGSA builds community and
supports postgraduate students’ professional development
by hosting events across the University’s three campuses.
These include postgraduate student talks, an opportunity for
students to present research at any stage to an enthusiastic
non-expert audience; Writing to Finish, a day-long communal
writing workshop broken up with opportunities to meet fellow
students; and breakfast socials, regular Friday morning coffee
catch-ups for postgraduate students.

International students’ association
Victoria University of Wellington International Students’
Association (V-ISA) represents the interests of international
students at the University. It organises social events across
the year to foster a community spirit among international and
domestic students. V-ISA promotes a blended multicultural
environment at the University. All students who have an
interest in international student issues, or who would like to
meet other students, are welcome.

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While you are studying at university,                         COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY
it’s important to look after yourself in all                  We remind students who are in halls of residence or flatting
                                                              that they are part of the Wellington community, and this
aspects of your life.                                         brings benefits and responsibilities. Relish the opportunities
                                                              and have fun—but please treat neighbours respectfully. If
                                                              you are flatting, help us keep Wellington clean and green
COVID-19                                                      by disposing of rubbish thoughtfully and recycling where
The University continues to follow all protocols and advice   possible. The Wellington City Council has information about
from the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Government    rubbish and recycling collections in your suburb.
in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and asks students
                                                              In New Zealand, it is illegal to buy, sell, use, import, or
to follow official guidance while on campus. We have put in
                                                              possess certain drugs. Possession of illegal drugs and misuse
comprehensive measures to support students and review
                                                              of prescription medicines may be punishable by large fines or
these on an ongoing basis.
                                                              prison. Some illegal drugs are marijuana, ‘magic mushrooms’,
                                                              and ecstasy. Alcohol can be bought or consumed only if you
                                                              are 18 years or older. Photographic identification is required
                                                              as proof of your age, such as a driver’s licence, passport, or
                                                              Hospitality New Zealand 18+ card. We encourage students to
                                                              consume alcohol responsibly.

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LEGAL AND OFFICIAL ADVICE                                           University International. Contact our reception (04 463 5350)
                                                                    and ask to speak to an international student adviser or call
The Wellington Community Law Centre runs free legal advice          the Wellington University International emergency phone
sessions. You can get advice on general and specialist legal        (027 600 6864).
matters, including those concerning women, refugees and
immigration, family, employment, and kaupapa Māori. Drop-in
sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis.                   SAFETY
                                                You are advised to use your common sense and take
                                                                    sensible precautions when you are out and about.

NATURAL DISASTERS                                                   You should:

In an earthquake, the key advice is ‘drop, cover, hold’.            ■   keep your belongings in a safe place at all times
Afterwards, check on those around you, and if it is necessary       ■   lock your flat/apartment/bedroom when you go out
to evacuate, make your way to a large open space. Let your          ■   carry only enough cash for what you need
family know you are safe. It is advisable to make a plan for
                                                                    ■   protect your PIN when you enter it into an ATM
where you will meet friends or family after an earthquake and
create a personal emergency kit (including any medication),         ■   ask for a receipt when you pay for things with cash
so that you are prepared.                                           ■   make sure you are with a friend if you go out at night,
                                                                        and stick together
                                                                    ■   always have a plan for getting home
                                                                    ■   take care in areas where pedestrians share pathways
POLICE                                                                  and access with vehicles—shared areas are common on
The University has a police liaison officer who is available to         campus and around the city.
give advice and speak to staff or students who may have been
the victim of crime. In the unlikely event of being arrested by
the police, you have the right to remain silent and speak with
a lawyer in private before answering any questions. If you
                                                                    Safety on campus
do not have a lawyer, the police will provide you with a list of    For any incidents of theft or threats to personal safety on
contactable duty lawyers whom you can call for free. Police will    campus, contact Campus Security at 4 Waiteata Road on the
contact the nominated lawyer initially to explain the situation     Kelburn campus, or phone 04 463 5398. For emergencies on
and will then allow you privacy to speak with the lawyer and        campus, phone 0800 842 8888, and 111 for fire, ambulance,
seek advice. The right to make a phone call to someone              or police.
other than the lawyer is at the discretion of the police officer.   
However, they can call a family member or person of your
choosing to advise of your circumstances and welfare.               Safety off campus
If you are an international student or speak in a language          In an emergency, dial 111 for fire, ambulance, or police (this
other than English, you are entitled to ask the police to           number also works free of charge from a mobile). For a
arrange an interpreter in your native language—either in            non-urgent matter, contact the Central Police Station, corner
person or via telephone—when you are questioned. Support            of Victoria and Harris Streets.
during this process may be available from Wellington

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Safety online                                                     STUDENT INTEREST AND
Social media makes it easy for us to stay in contact, but you
should follow some basic rules for keeping safe. What you
                                                                  CONFLICT RESOLUTION
put on social media stays there, so post only when you are        The Student Interest and Conflict Resolution team can
sober and calm and know who you are contacting.                   provide support and guidance on matters involving conflict,
                                                                  misconduct, and your safety. You can have a confidential
                                 conversation or receive advice from the team about any of
                                                                  the following:

SMOKEFREE CAMPUSES                                                ■    bullying or harassment
The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy       ■    concerns for your safety or the safety of someone else
environment for students by being smoke-, vape-, and drug-free.   ■    conflict and complaints
In New Zealand, you need to be aged 18 or over to purchase        ■    family violence
cigarettes. Smoking is banned from all indoor public areas,       ■    racism, xenophobia, homophobia, or discriminatory,
including workplaces, shopping malls, public transport, public         inequitable, or hateful behaviour
bars and restaurants, and many outdoor areas. Student
                                                                  ■    sexually harmful behaviour
Health will support students who want to give up smoking.
Make a 30-minute appointment with a nurse to seek help and        ■    threatening or aggressive behaviour
advice on quitting.                                               ■    unwanted attention

                                     ■    worries about someone’s wellbeing or welfare.

Go to the Smokefree website for further information               Access support and report sexually
and resources.
                                                                  harmful behaviour
                                          Contact the Student Interest and Conflict Resolution team
                                                                  for confidential information about accessing support and
                                                                  reporting sexually harmful behaviour.

                                                                      STUDENT ADVOCACY
                                                                      Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association
                                                                      advocates are there to provide professional, confidential,
                                                                      and independent student support to help you with
                                                                      academic issues, accommodation problems, and
                                                                      employment and legal disputes. If you have any problem,
                                                                      they are there to help.
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Developing your employability while you are studying              CareerHub
comes from many parts of your life, including what you are
                                                                  CareerHub keeps you up to date with everything you need to
learning, how you interact with others, networking with
                                                                  know to get your career on track. It’s never too early to use
employers, getting involved in leadership programmes, or
                                                                  CareerHub. With CareerHub you can:
gaining work experience.
                                                                  ■   search for a range of jobs, from voluntary and part-time
                                                                      work to internships and graduate programmes
CAREERS AND EMPLOYMENT                                            ■   be the first to hear about career expos, employer
From the time you arrive at the University, the Wellington            information sessions, events, and workshops
Careers and Employment team will ensure your study plans
reflect your career goals, assist with job and internship         ■   find resources, including CVs and career assessment tools
applications, and help you establish a career path by providing   ■   book career appointments, workshops, and events
resources for ongoing career development. Careers and             ■   link through to the online Career Centre for tools,
Employment offers:                                                    resources, and videos to help with career planning, job
■   daily help-desk sessions for quick queries, career                applications, and interview tips.
    resources, and general advice                                 
■   individual appointments to help with career planning, job
    exploration, career decision-making, CVs, and interviews      Career expos
■   a variety of tools and resources to help you clarify your     Make sure you get along to the expos to network with
    preferred skills and interest areas, and identify suitable    employers and find out about the many opportunities
    employment options.                                           available to you, from summer internships to graduate roles
                                                                  and everything in between.

                                                                   Expo                Date                 Venue
    “Careers advice was very informative                           Commerce and        Thursday 4 March     Pipitea campus
    and gave me an understanding                                   law careers

    of how to reach my career goal,
                                                                   Science and         Tuesday 4 May        Kelburn campus
                                                                   health careers
    with both subject choices and                                  Tech careers        Wednesday 5 May Kelburn campus
    extracurricular activities.”                                   Trimester 2         Thursday 22 July     Kelburn campus


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Wellington Global Exchange is a student exchange programme
offering you the opportunity to broaden your horizons while
studying towards your Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of
Wellington degree at one of more than 140 partner universities
in more than 30 countries around the world.
Wellington Global Exchange is temporarily suspended and will
be reviewed throughout 2021.

Most international students are eligible to work up to
20 hours per week in the academic year and may work
full time during scheduled vacations. Study Abroad and
exchange students studying for one trimester only are not
entitled to work in New Zealand.
Permission to work while studying is determined by
Immigration New Zealand and is stated on your e-visa. If it
is not, and you believe you are entitled to work, request a
Variation of Conditions from Immigration New Zealand or
contact Wellington University International.
In New Zealand, a minimum wage per hour is set by law and
employers cannot legally pay you less than this amount.

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