Equity news and events

Events to promote equity are held throughout the year, across the University. Equity news items are shared to highlight important issues and key successes.

BEAMS 2017: "Eye opening and inspirational"

“Eye opening and awe inspiring.”

“I’ve been shown more possibilities.”

“BEAMS has helped me to clarify what subjects I need to take next year, instead of mucking around and taking the wrong subjects.”

This is just some of the feedback that we have received from students who attended BEAMS 2017.

Over five days, 500 Year 10 Māori and Pacific students from around New Zealand spent the day exploring study options in Business, Engineering, Architecture, Medicine and Science.

Led by the Equity Office – Te Ara Tautika, BEAMS supports the University’s commitment to being safe, inclusive and equitable.

Students were taken around a series of interactive workshops hosted by Māori and Pacific staff, students and alumni from BEAMS faculties.

Each one offered friendly competitions, lively demonstrations and our Māori and Pacific student ambassadors offering their take on campus life. This allowed the students to learn about each subject and how the University supports its Māori and Pacific students- from Tuākana, UTAS, MAPAS and Unibound there are plenty of options for scholarships and learning support.

Teachers said that BEAMS was a “positive experience” that allowed students to “explore their options for Year 11 and beyond in a fun and interactive way.”

We were thrilled to host each of the schools and for the opportunity to meet all the teachers and students. Make sure to visit our Facebook page to check out the BEAMS 2017 photo album.

Equity in the News-November 2017

Australia says “yes” to marriage equality, journalists refused to stop using Māori words and Iceland played host to a gender equality summit. November has been packed with equity-related news and events….Read more

White Ribbon Day, 25 November, 2017

New Zealand has the worst rate of family and intimate partner violence in the world, with one in three women experiencing physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

The White Ribbon appeal seeks to end men's violence against women through discussions and education on respectful relationships and respectful sexual relationships.

The University has zero tolerance for any form of abuse and supports the kaupapa of White Ribbon. Learn about our resources and contacts to help those who have been or are currently effected by any form of family violence. 

White Ribbon Day is held annually on November 25, with events held nationwide across New Zealand and around the world. Read more about White Ribbon Day.


Public lectures examine sexual harassment and abuse: online and off

International and local scholars will address the overwhelming commonality and changing tactics of sexual harassement.

Associate Professor Nicola Henry from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, will discuss Beyond 'Revenge Porn': Responding to Image-based Abuse in a Digital Era. Dr Fiona Vera-Gray from Durham University in the United Kingdom, will explore Rethinking street harassment. A panel featuring University of Auckland scholars will  shed further light on the issues.

The event will be chaired by the University's Dr Carisa Showden, Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts. 

This free symposium takes place on Tuesday 28 November from 1- 5pm (Lecture Theatre OGGB5, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Rd). It will be followed by drinks at 5pm at the School of Psychology, Science Centre (23 Symonds St, Level 2 reception lobby, Building 302).

Please note registration is required. 

Equity in the News-October 2017

On October 5, the New York Times wrote an article exposing dozens of allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein. Since then, the list has increased to 82 women. As well as dominating the headlines, it was the inspiration for the viral hashtag #metoo, highlighting that sexual assault is a common and worldwide problem.

It is timely to reaffirm the University of Auckland’s zero tolerance stance of any form of sexual assault or harassment towards its staff and students. See also the Prevention of Bullying and Harassment policy, Family Violence policy and Family Violence information and resources.


The Women in Public Service Summit registrations are now open

The Women in Public Service Summit is coming to Auckland for
the first time on 2 November 2017.

The initiative has been organised by the State Services Commission, the Ministry for Women, Auckland Council and the Government Women’s Network.

It is a great opportunity for women leaders to connect and network and there will be a number of operational, strategic and thought leaders in the room.

For women leaders interested in attending, please see the website below.

Equity in the News-September 2017

The celebration of Māori and Tongan language week, widespread public support for minimum accessibility standards in New Zealand, and opposition within the United States military to the pending transgender ban were just some of the Equity-related news in September... read more

Secondary school students from refugee backgrounds visit our University

“Refugees are the most resilient people in the world - when they are pushed down, they get back up.”

So declared Rez Gardi, a University of Auckland Law alumnus whose refugee-background identity and experiences are the foundation to her commitment to help others from refugee backgrounds.

Rez was one of four panelists addressing 40 secondary students from refugee backgrounds who attend James Cook and Kelston Girls’ high schools. Combined, the cohort represented around 14 different countries of origin, including Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Palestine.

Eldercare seminar summary and slides

Recent studies have shown that the number of New Zealanders over the age of 80 is expected to increase eightfold by 2050, making them the fastest growing sector of the population.

To support the wellbeing of this growing group, as well as their Carers, Professor Ngaire Kerse (head of the School of Population Health) and Director of Staff Equity Prue Toft last week presented an Eldercare seminar for University staff.

Equity in the news

Equity in the News is a monthly selection of equity-focused articles and stories from New Zealand and around the world.

Equity in the news

Equity in the News is a monthly selection of equity-focused articles and stories from New Zealand and around the world.

Academic's dedication to refugees recognised

A University of Auckland academic whose career has been centred on working alongside refugees has been recognised with a national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award.

Associate Professor Jay Marlowe from the Faculty of Education and Social Work has received a Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award in the 2017 round in the General category.

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Strategies to promote healthy, happy and resilient teenagers

Combining Parenting and a Career: July 2017 Seminar

The majority of teenagers in New Zealand are happy and healthy, and rates of pregnancy, substance abuse and drink-driving among our teens are plummeting.

This was some of the myth-busting research Associate Professor Simon Denny presented during his Combing Parenting and a Career seminar, “Thriving teenagers and how parents can support them”. Simon is Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and is also a paediatrician at the Centre for Youth Health in South Auckland.

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Awesome turnout for STEAM Ahead 2017

Three girls from Auckland Girls Grammar attend STEAM Ahead 2017
Auckland Girls Grammar students attend STEAM Ahead 2017

STEAM Ahead 2017 was a huge success, with 244 Year 13 Māori and Pacific students from Auckland, Whangarei, Gisborne, Matamata and Hamilton spending the day on campus exploring study options in Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Medicine.

Led by the Equity Office – Te Ara Tautika, STEAM Ahead supports the University’s commitment to being safe, inclusive and equitable.

The info-packed day saw students attend interactive workshops run by staff, students and alumni from various faculties. Topics included the transition from high school to tertiary education, entry requirements to degrees, study pathways, and where their degrees can take them.

Students said they were impressed by the wealth of options available at the University of Auckland. As Mary-Anne, an aspiring doctor from Auckland Girls Grammar commented, “I learned that it’s important to take opportunities to further your education and to always consider your options - there’s more than one pathway to take.” Her friends Ofa and Joni agreed. “I found out there is more to medicine than becoming a doctor – I’m now pretty interested in Pharmacy,” said Ofa. Joni said she’s inspired to study medicine after seeing her Nana suffer from multiple sclerosis.

The University’s raft of support for our Māori and Pacific students was also highlighted. From Tuākana, the University-wide learning community for Māori and Pacific students, to UTAS, the alternative admissions scheme for eligible students who have met the University Entrance (UE) standard but have not met the guaranteed entry score for the programme of their choice, there are plenty of options for scholarships and learning support.

For Mt Roskill Grammar teacher Jackie-Jade Ruri, STEAM Ahead offers an invaluable opportunity for her students to have a hands-on learning experience about tertiary education.

“This is about the second or third time we’ve come [to STEAM]” she said. “You find that bringing the students along and being able to ask questions, to network with other students is so important. Having them see other Māori and Pacific students who want to pursue tertiary education is empowering. By the time we’re on the van ride home they’re so pumped.”

Visit the STEAM Ahead photo album on Our Village Our Kāinga Facebook page

Equity events 2017

Photo exhibition and speakers evening highlight international refugee crisis

Where Shall We Call Home?

A powerful exhibition featuring over 50 artists who are presenting work at Depot Artspace to support refugee resettlement in Aotearoa.
17 June – 5 July 2017
Depot Artspace, Devonport

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World Refugee Day Speakers Evening
Celebrate World Refugee Day with speakers, stories and performances by individuals from refugee backgrounds.
Tuesday, 20th June 2017
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence Road, Devonport

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Simon Denny CPC seminar presenter
Simon Denny CPC seminar presenter


2017 Student equity event calendar


Nosia Fogogo, a student from a refugee background

Nosia Fogogo: here to achieve

Imagine for a moment that you are a young teenager, and you have just travelled around the globe to land in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language, know nothing about its culture and ways, have no community of support, and own nothing more than what’s in your suitcase.

This almost-impossible-to-imagine scenario was Nosia Fogogo’s reality when she moved to New Zealand from the Central African Republic of Burundi 11 years ago. In March 2005, Nosia and several of her family members arrived at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland. There, they spent six weeks learning about New Zealand life, language and customs.

Today, Nosia is a poised, articulate and confident young woman embarking on her third year of a Bachelor of Laws. Back then, she says, she was a shy teen who, understandably, was torn by a range of emotions upon her arrival in New Zealand.

Read more here

Māori and Pacific Welcome 2016

The Equity Office - Te Ara Tautika were excited to host over 500 new Māori and Pacific students and their whānau and families at this year's Māori and Pacific Welcome during Orientation Week.

Check out the highlights from the day.