LGBTQITakatāpuiMVPFAFF+ staff and student networks

Academic and professional staff, and any students, who identify as queer or gender-diverse are welcome to attend network meetings.

Te Ara Tautika | Equity Policy highlights the University’s commitment to being safe, inclusive and equitable.

Rainbow communities

We recognise the diversity in gender identity and sexual orientation in the Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland community and encourage our rainbow staff to join and engage with the Staff Rainbow network.

The LGBTQITakatāpuiMVPFAFF+ communities include people who identify as Takatāpui (“Intimate partner of the same sex”), lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, intersex, transsexual, transgender, whakawahine, tangata ira tāne, māhū (Tahiti and Hawaii), vakasalewalewa (Fiji), palopa (Papua New Guinea), fa’afafine (Samoa, American Samoa and Tokelau), akava’ine (Cook Islands), fakaleiti or leiti (the Kingdom of Tonga), or fakafifine (Niue).

It is recognised that community members may use alternative terms to identify themselves and that the terms “Rainbow” and "LGBTQITakatāpui+" and "MVPFAFF+" may be used interchangeably.

LGBTQITakatāpuiMVPFAFF+ network and visibility on campus

The LGBTQITakatāpuiMVPFAFF+ staff network provides:

  • opportunities to meet
  • information about services, news and events
  • a voice for LGBTQITakatāpuiMVPFAFF+ staff
  • a central record of LGBTQITakatāpuiMVPFAFF+ issues and activities across the University.

The University’s Rainbow network sticker emphasises our commitment to a safe and inclusive teaching and learning environment.

For staff who would like to join the Staff Rainbow network or request a sticker please email

For students who would like to join the Rainbow Student Network please see more information and how to join

Resources for LGBTQITakatāpuiMVPFAFF+ events

If you are organising a University Rainbow event or stall, these resources are available for your use:

  • 2 x ‘Celebrate LGBTI’ outdoor 3m teardrop flags and base plates
  • 2 x three meter banners as seen at Pride Parade with side poles
  • LGBTI Network flyers
  • LGBTI Network stickers

Email to find out more.

The two LGBTI stickers available from the Equity Office. To request stickers contact
The two LGBTI stickers available by contacting the Equity Office

Useful Student Rainbow Network links