Equity in the News

Equity in the News - July 2018

Equity at Work

New Zealand becomes first country to introduce paid leave for domestic violence victims – The Independent, 27 July

New Zealand has become the first country in the world to pass legislation allowing survivors of domestic violence 10 days of paid leave from work to allow them to escape their partner’s abuse. Expected to take effect on 1 April 2019.

The University of Auckland’s Family Violence: It’s not OK project provides, support and information for staff and students affected by family violence.

Contact details for a number of expert organisations can also be found on the Equity Office’s Family Violence: It’s not OK website, Staff are also invited to register for the Family Violence: Its Not OK workshop on 16 August. Details are available on Career Tools.

How a plastic straw ban could hurt disabled people –Newshub, 11 July

Conglomerates such as Starbucks and Countdown are pledging to ban plastic straws, however disability advocates are saying they need them to drink

Find out how the University supports Staff and Students with Disabilities

Gender Equity
Pulled into line: girl, seven, gets New Zealand to change sexist road signs –The Guardian, 31 July

Seven year old Zoe Carew was incensed when she saw ‘Lineman’ signs while on her way to visit her grandparents, so she decided to write to Fergus Gammie, the chief executive of the New Zealand Transport Agency to see what could be done.

“Can you please change the sign to say ‘Line-workers’ instead, or something else correct and fair like that?” she asked.

Gammie wrote back praising her suggestion. The NZTA has opted for the gender-neutral ‘Line Crew’ which will replace ‘Linemen’ as the signs need replacing due to wear and tear.

Find out how the University of Auckland supports Gender Equality.

'Be proud of your language', Cook Islands Language Week starts - Māori Television, 30 July

Cook Island Language Week kicked off in the final days of July with the theme Be proud of your language and protect its future. This was chosen because Cook Islands Māori has been classified as a vulnerable language.

Find out how the University supports Pacific staff and students

Equity-issues media and arts recommendations

RGB 5 August, 1.30pm Event Cinemas, Westgate
The New Zealand International Film Festival is bursting with fantastic cinema at the best of times, but this documentary caught our eye.

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has long crusaded against gender discrimination and is the topic of this insightful documentary.

Venus Envy Podcast
Hosted by Noelle McCarthy in association with The Spinoff this series has been created to coincide with the Auckland Museum’s Suffrage exhibition Are We There Yet? In this podcast, McCarthy tackles feminism and gender issues with a plethora of guests including Jacinda Arden, Karen Walker Zoe Lawlor and Hayden Wilson.

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Feedback Sought for Draft Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse Students and Staff in Sport and Recreation

Sport is about participation, fair play and respect. This is in line with the University’s commitment to being safe, inclusive and equitable for all staff and students; including those who are trans or gender diverse.

The University is welcoming feedback about draft policy and guidelines to promote participation in sport and recreation without discrimination, and based on self-defined gender identity. Feedback can be emailed to equity@auckland.ac.nz with submissions closing on 15 July 2018.

Enhanced systems enable University to collect information about LGBTI and refugee-background students and staff

As part of the University’s commitment to members of our community who are Māori and/or from equity groups, our systems have been enhanced, to allow us to gather information on students and staff who identify as:

  •  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI)
  • refugee-background

This will greatly increase our capability to support staff and students from all of the University’s equity groups.

Being able to gather details about whether students or staff identify as Māori or from an equity group helps us to understand the diversity of our communities, and to determine the supports and services we need to provide. It also allows us to monitor the effectiveness of our projects and policies in providing a safe, inclusive and equitable study and work environment.

Students and staff can provide this information when they first register with the University (using the Enterprise Person Registry). They can also do this retrospectively by updating their personal information (update personal information here). Disclosure is voluntary, but more than 600 people have already done so.

The University values the privacy of every individual’s personal information and is committed to the protection of personal information.

Read about the University’s privacy regime

We welcome your feedback. Please contact Terry O’Neill, Director Student Equity: t.oneill@auckland.ac.nz

Other resources
Read the University’s Equity Policy
Find out about the University’s equity groups
Learn about the University and the Treaty of Waitangi Te Tiriti o Waitangi