OFFICE OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR
TE TARI O TE TUMU WHAKARAE VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON,
PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
+ 64-4-563 5301 Email
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Hon. Chris Hipkins
Minister of Education
By email: [email address]
27 February 2018
We are writing to request a confidential meeting with you to discuss several strategic
initiatives that we believe will align well with your stated intentions for the school and
tertiary education sectors, the findings of the Future of Work Commission and Labour’s
These initiatives are of sufficient scale to have significant system-wide beneficial impacts.
As such, we believe they will be important cornerstone projects for a bold and influential
30-year plan for education.
The initiatives include:
Potential name change:
We are investigating a potential name change for VUW
in order to more effectively leverage the international standing of the university
and city and better align with our differentiated positioning as ‘New Zealand’s
globally-ranked capital city university’.
We are eager to keep you informed of these developments as they progress and look
forward to an opportunity to brief you on them at your earliest convenience.
Lastly, we are enthusiastic about the benefits that will result from a refreshed 30-year
plan for education and we are keen to contribute. As I am sure you are already aware, on
Friday 9th of March we are co-hosting with the TEU a forum at Victoria on the future of
universities. We would be honoured if you or your senior officials were able to participate.