A safe, inclusive and equitable University

Equity is about fairness and justice. 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


The University of Auckland is committed to being safe, inclusive and equitable for all our staff and students. Harassment can threaten your sense of personal security or make you feel uneasy. It is not acceptable and is not tolerated...read more

Gender-based harassment

The University has established a Gender-based harassment Working Group to enhance policies, procedures, trainers, guidelines and resources regarding gender-based harassment. Resources, including a Staff and Student Complaint Process flowchart are available here.

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Māori staff and students

The University has a commitment to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and for providing initiatives to support success for Māori students and Māori staff

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.

New staff are encouraged to attend the Vice Chancellor’s Pōwhiri for new staff held at the Waipapa Marae and a Marae protocol workshop. 

Staff are encouraged to read the University's Checklist for hosting inclusive events and to learn Greetings in Te Reo and Pacific languages

Equity groups

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

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.

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.”