About equity and who to contact

Learn what equity means, who we support, how we support them and meet some of our team.

Equity is a basic human right. A commitment to fairness, justice and the understanding that one size does not fit everyone is at the heart of all of the work we do.

Through our plans, policies, monitoring, reporting and guides to best practice, the Equity Office leads the University of Auckland’s commitment to being a safe, inclusive and equitable place to work and study. 

Our commitment to Equity has, in part, contributed to the University's No.1 position in the global Times Higher Education rankings against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

A cartoon of various animals next to a tree. A person is telling them "for a fair selection, everyone must take the same exam; climb that tree."
Why Equity is important.


The University acknowledges the distinct status of Māori as tangata whenua and is committed to partnerships that acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Our work aims to support the outreach, recruitment, retention and success of Māori staff and students, and students and staff who are in our Equity groups.

Equity groups

People from equity groups are more likely to have experienced one or more barriers to accessing and succeeding at University, such as discrimination, marginalisation, under-representation, underachievement in school, and/or socio-economic background.

Equity Groups are:

  • Pacific students and staff
  • Students and staff with disabilities
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Takatapui + (LGBTIQTakatapui+) students and staff
  • Students and staff from refugee backgrounds
  • Students from low socio-economic backgrounds
  • Men, women and gender diverse people where there are barriers to access and success

Read more about staff equity groups.

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity

Equity and diversity at the University are led by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity who advises the Vice-Chancellor and the University on fulfilling the University’s commitment to equity in employment and education.

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

Pro-Vice Chancellor Equity – Professor Cathy Stinear

Email: c.stinear@auckland.ac.nz

Vicki Watson – Manager, Equity

Email: v.watson@auckland.ac.nz

Staff equity and diversity, Human Resources

Guillermo Merelo - Associate Director of Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Email:  guillermo.merelo@auckland.ac.nz

Student equity groups, Campus Life

Carley Fletcher – Student Equity Manager

Email: c.fletcher@auckland.ac.nz

Mark Thomson – Manager, Student Disability Services

Email: m.thomson@auckland.ac.nz
+64 9 923 8808

For more information and contacts see Student Disability Services

Te Papa Manaaki | Campus Care 

Access Campus Care for confidential student support across a range of areas, or connect with the team in order to help out another student.