Waikato-Tainui College

Welcome to the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development


Nau mai, haere mai - Welcome to our site.

On 1 February 2000, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu opened the doors to the Tainui Endowed College - the tribe’s academic and research institution. In her opening speech, Te Arikinui described the College as being "the tribe’s gift to the nation.” The College was envisaged by the Founding Fellow and Principal Negotiator for the 1995 Waikato Raupatu Settlement, Sir Robert Mahuta, as both a memorial to the Raupatu and "the means by which we will be able to produce a continual stream of leadership to take Maaori people through the next century.”

In May 2010, with the support of our College Patron, Kiingi Tuheitia, we rededicated the College – reconfirming the tribe’s commitment to continuing the vision of Sir Robert and the desire of Te Arikinui for the College to be open to the motu and to the world. We re-named the College – the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development and a new course was set for the College with the appointment of new staff and the development of partnerships and new programmes of research that will help us move forward.

We invite you to explore what we have to offer. 

TAKITUU Governance, Sustainability and Indigenous Development Programme 2017

The Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development is delivering Takituu Programme 2017 in partnership with Ngai Tahu on Wednesday 15 March - Sunday 19 March 2017. This programme is designed to assist leaders of iwi and other Maaori organisations and communities in thinking about and preparing for the tasks of governance.

                                                          Applications are now closed!