Have your say

We are seeking feedback from students and staff on our sustainability and net-zero carbon aspirations.

A child standing in front of trees, holding a globe in her hands with New Zealand facing the viewer
Image: In Our Hands by Johnson Zhuang

The University is consulting on two draft strategies: Te Rautaki Aronga Toitū | Sustainability Strategy and Te Taumata Tukuwaro-kore | Net Zero Carbon Strategy.

These strategies have their origins in Taumata Teitei and are guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The net-zero carbon strategy is a component part of, and underlies, the sustainability strategy.

Te Rautaki Aronga Toitū | Sustainability Strategy

Te Taumata Tukuwaro-kore | Net Zero Carbon Strategy

Have your say

Providing feedback is easy, and it won’t take long. Just answer the relevant questions in our short survey.

Or, if you prefer, email a document to sustainableuniversity2030@auckland.ac.nz.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 5 August 2022.

Your input is vital to help steer the conversations and decisions we make as a University. A review panel will ensure all submissions have been considered in a fair and unbiased way. The panel will make recommendations on the changes needed to the draft strategies to take account of feedback.

Hear from the experts

An expert panel answers your questions on sustainability.

Chair: Dean of Science, John Hosking

Panellists: Professor Niki Harre; Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori, Te Kawehau Hoskins; Professor Gillian Lewis; Director International Office, Ainslie Moore; Director Property Services, Simon Neale; AUSA International Students Officer, Varsha Ravi; Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific, Jemaima Tiatia

Topic Time   
Welcome and mihi 0 to 1:00
Overview of the sustainability and net-zero carbon strategies 1:00 to 5:00                            
Panel introductions 5:00 to 7:00
Sustainability in the curriculum 7:10 to 8:50
Breakdown of current carbon emissions data 8:55 to 10:50
Physical manifestations of the strategy 10:55 to 15:24
Integration of Māori pedagogies 15:30 to 18:00 
Our place in the Pacific and the climate-change burden 18:00 to 20:15
Sustainability in research activities 20:20 to 23:08
Staff and student travel for research 23:10 to 25:40
The value international students bring to the University and tactics for mitigating travel carbon 25:43 to 29:05
Staff travel
29:08 to 29:50
Student exchanges 29:50 to 32:10
Recreation and Wellness Centre 32:15 to 37:25
Student accommodation 37:25 to 39:00
Behaviour change 39:00 to 42:05
Why the sustainability strategy is broader than an environmental strategy 42:10 to 44:20
Implementation, early wins and how to provide feedback 44:24 to 46:00
Acknowledgements, Karakia and close 46:00 to 47:38

More information

Te Rautaki Aronga Toitū and Te Taumata Tukuwaro-kore are long-term planning documents. Once they have been finalised, an implementation plan will outline a governance structure and the requisite actions needed to set them in motion. At this point, you will start to see shorter-term actions emerge.

A set of context papers provides some background to the work that constitutes Te Rautaki Aronga Toitū | Sustainability Strategy. These papers do not form part of the consultation, but rather give staff, students, and the wider community a useful synthesis of information in the key areas of general interest.

Contact the Sustainability Strategy programme

You can email the project team at sustainableuniversity2030@auckland.ac.nz.