Equity in the News

Equity in the News - June

Equity at Work
New family violence laws set to come into force – 1 News Now, 30 June

The Family Violence Act 2018 replaces the Domestic Violence Act 1995 with a stronger focus on the safety of survivors and how the system responds.

The term family violence is used to reflect that violence happens in a range of intimate and family relationships. The definition now includes coercive or controlling behaviour. Police can now consider new factors, including abuse of pets, dowry or withholding care. Applying for protection is now simpler, with measures to improve collaboration between agencies.

Learn how the University supports the Family Violence: It’s Not OK initiative and register for the upcoming Family Violence Seminar on 29 August 2019.

Students from Low Socio Economic-Backgrounds
Inequality, unaffordable housing risks for NZ economy - OECD – RNZ, 25 June

A global report has praised New Zealand for its wellbeing approach to policy, but has named inequality, housing unaffordability and migration policy as major risks to our economic success.

Read how the University supports students from Low Socio-Economic Backgrounds.

For the first time, Statistics New Zealand has collected information about sexual identity – NZ Herald, 26 June
For the first time, Statistics New Zealand's General Social Survey (GSS) included information about people's sexual identity.

Find out how the University supports Rainbow students and staff 

Work less and prosper – Newsroom, June 25

'Let's deal with inequality and ensure everybody can engage in work that’s structured around their lives', writes Anna Rawhiti-Connell. 'Wellbeing can't be a luxury afforded only to white collar professionals'.

Find out how the University supports Flexible Work and Health, Safety and Wellbeing

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The Path to Change Report and Vice-Chancellor response

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 privacy at the University

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