Ngā Whakapōtaetanga Māori , Celebrations to honour Māori graduates

Kua roa nei mātau e whakahōnore ana i te angitū o te tauira Māori mā te whakatū pōwhakahōnore motuhake. Tirohia ngā kōrero kia whai wāhi ai koe.

We have a long tradition of honouring the success of Māori graduates with special Māori celebrations. Find out when and where they are and how to participate.

Person dressed in traditional Māori cloak singing a Māori song or waiata

Graduation celebration dates and locations


Thursday 26 May 2022 at 4.30pm

Bruce Mason centre
The Promenade

Palmerston North

Thursday 5 May 2022, time to be confirmed

Regent Theatre
Broadway Avenue
Palmerston North


Wednesday 13 April 2022, time to be confirmed

Te Rau Karamu Marae
Massey University
Wallace Street
Mt Cook

How to register to attend a celebration

In order to graduate at an official graduation ceremony you need to apply to graduate. When you apply you can also register to attend a celebration to honour Māori graduates.

Apply to graduate

What happens at the celebrations

Here’s what will happen at the celebrations:

  • whakatau for manuhiri
  • graduates dressed in their academic dress will be individually acknowledged with their degree and iwi affiliations and called to the stage to receive a tohu
  • whānau will have the opportunity to mihi to them (for example, karanga, waiata, haka, karakia)
  • refreshments.

Massey photographers will be on hand to take whānau photos which will be made available free online.

We are very excited to be able to share this celebration with you. If you have any other questions please contact Robyn Matthews at

Why you should come to this event

Your graduation is a great achievement that deserves recognition, but this celebration is also an opportunity to thank all those, especially whānau, who helped you on this journey, allowing them to share your success.

This celebration also serves as inspiration to others to follow in your footsteps and reach for higher education. These celebrations will provide you with a lasting reminder of your achievement and a chance to connect with your fellow graduates.


There is no cost to attend the event, you are our honoured guests.

Bringing guests and tamariki

You are welcome to bring up to 10 guests with you to the celebrations. Children are welcome. It is inspiring for our tamariki to see the success of their whānau.

What to wear

You will be required to wear academic dress and the hood of your discipline. For information about what to wear and hiring academic dress see the Academic Dress Hire website.

Graduate speeches

Due to the number of students attending the Manawatū celebrations, graduates do not get the opportunity to kōrero, but can if they wish to at the Auckland and Wellington ceremonies.

Graduation certificates

Your graduation certificate will be presented to you at your graduation ceremony. At this celebration you will receive a special tohu from the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori.

Which ceremony or celebration to attend

You can choose the location that suits you best, no matter where you studied.

Pacific as well as Māori ancestry

You are welcome to attend both the Pacific celebration and the Māori celebration if you wish. Please make sure you register for both events when you apply to graduate.