Zero tolerance for discrimination

Unacceptable discrimination, including racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia and transphobia, has no place in our University.

Message from the Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon

Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism and other ‘isms’ share one key feature: they ascribe negative characteristics to a group, and assume that those characteristics apply to all members. I encourage anyone who experiences such behaviour to seek resolution via the appropriate processes, including if necessary complaints procedures, so the University can act appropriately.

Opinion: Free speech is not under attack at Universities-2017 AUSA president

Former AUSA president Will Matthews wrote an opinion piece in support of the University's Zero Tolerance stance on more


Support is available from:

Information about the University’s commitment to being safe, inclusive and equitable can be found in the:


The Equity Office has developed a range of resources to support our Zero Tolerance campaign:

Stickers and a pull-up banner are also available. If you would like to request a sticker or use a pull-up banner, please email

Give nothing to racism campaign

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission recently launched the ‘Give nothing to Racism’ campaign. The first video features NZ celebrity Taika Waititi, who urges Kiwis to refuse to spread intolerance no matter how seemingly insignificant. 

Watch the video and learn more about Give Nothing to Racism