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 fair and just access, participation, experiences, and success.  Achieving equity is everyone's right and responsibility. 

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland is a community of over 58,000 people, including around 46,000 students and 12,000 staff.  People from across Aotearoa New Zealand and the globe are attracted to and join our community, making Waipapa Taumata Rau a place of many cultures, identities, ethnicities, and values.  We’re committed to being a safe, inclusive, and equitable place for people to study and work with diverse friends and colleagues. This enriched environment fosters broad thinking, different perspectives, creativity, and a variety of talents.

There are inequities in society, and diverse groups of people within the University have distinct and different needs.  These needs evolve and change over time.  Working towards achieving equity involves considering a wide range of relevant, and sometimes competing, factors and perspectives. 

The Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity provides leadership through our plans, policies and procedures, monitoring, reporting and guides to best practice, to support the University in becoming a safe, inclusive and equitable place to work and study.



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

The Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity advises the Vice-Chancellor and the University on fulfilling the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in employment and education.

Professor Cathy Stinear - Pro-Vice Chancellor Equity  

Email: c.stinear@auckland.ac.nz

Vicki Watson – Manager, Equity

Email: v.watson@auckland.ac.nz

Staff Equity inquiries

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

Email:  guillermo.merelo@auckland.ac.nz


For information on Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion networks, resources and support: 

Email:  staffdiversityequityandinclusion@auckland.ac.nz 

Student Equity inquiries

Carley Fletcher – Manager, Student Equity 

Email: c.fletcher@auckland.ac.nz


Student Equity Support

Mark Thomson – Manager, Student Disability Services

Email: m.thomson@auckland.ac.nz

Student Disabilities operate to create a safe, inclusive and equitable educational environment for students with disabilities at Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland.

For more information and contacts see Student Disability Services

Te Papa Manaaki | Campus Care 

Te Papa Manaaki is a safe, confidential and free service that supports the health, wellbeing and safety of all students at the University.  

Michael Heard - Rainbow Support Worker

The Rainbow Support worker provides a holistic approach to student wellbeing for the student rainbow community, offering 1:1 and group opportunities to discuss issues that might impact success.

Email:  michael.heard@auckland.ac.nz