A safe, inclusive and equitable University

The Equity Office – Te Ara Tautika leads the University of Auckland's commitment to be a safe, inclusive and equitable place to study and work.

The University of Auckland has zero tolerance for discrimination. Read the Vice-Chancellor’s message about zero tolerance.

What is equity?

Equity means fairness and justice within a safe and inclusive study and work environment that enables talented people to achieve their potential and the University to achieve its strategic objectives.

Equity initiatives, policies and programmes are embedded across the University and aim to support our Māori students and staff and our equity group students and staff.

These include:

  • Pacific students and staff
  • Students and staff with disabilities
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) students and staffStudents and staff from refugee backgrounds
  • Students from low socio-economic backgrounds  
  • Men or women where there are barriers to access and success.

The University’s commitment to equity is highlighted in the Strategic Plan 2013-2020.

Cartoon showing a monkey, penguin, elephant, goldfish, seal and dog standing together in a line. The speech bubble says “For a fair selection everybody has to take the same exam: please climb that tree.”

What we do

2017 Equity Related Events Calendar

Policies and guidelines

The Equity Office develops research-based policies and guidelines to help ensure our University supports the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.

Equity Policies & Guidelines.

Programmes and initiatives

Equity programmes and initiatives are developed collaboratively with our diverse communities of interest.

Equity Cycle

The University of Auckland Equity Cycle is the basis for all our work. Research tells us that we can’t just intervene at one point to enhance equity group success. We contribute to equity outcomes for students and staff at each stage of the cycle.


Unconscious bias

Unconscious bias refers to a bias that we are unaware of. It is driven by exposure to cultural stereotypes.

Monitoring, reporting and best practice

Through strong and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, we support thinking and behaviour consistent with achieving the University’s equity objectives and broader strategic goals.

Trudie McNaughton

The Equity Office team is led by Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity) Trudie McNaughton.

Trudie McNaughton leads the Equity Office and is a member of the University Senior Leadership Team. Trudie advises the Vice-Chancellor and Council on fulfilling the University’s commitment to equity in employment and education.

Trudie’s previous roles and experience include: Chief Executive of the New Zealand Equal Employment Opportunities Trust, Human Rights Review Tribunal, Career Services Board, Ministerial Advisory Groups including on gender and immigration and international think-tanks including on work and life balance.

Equity Office contact information

Contact the Equity Office

For general enquiries, please equity@auckland.ac.nz.

Trudie McNaughton

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity)
The ClockTower
22 Princes Street
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 83505
Email: t.mcnaughton@auckland.ac.nz

Vicki Watson

Director - Resources
East Wing ClockTower
Level 1, Room 109
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 84923
Email: v.watson@auckland.ac.nz