Accommodation Engagement Programme

Our Engagement Programme

Our programme is designed to ensure students create good healthy connections, have fun and are developmental. Every event/activity we do has key learning outcomes attached to it based on our Waka of Wellbeing.

Hui Whakatakatū | Orientation Programme:

Orientation Week takes place before the beginning of semester to welcome residents to their home on Campus. Our goals are to make sure residents make new connections, get to know Auckland and are academically prepared for study. Our action-packed week includes: Scavenger Hunts, infotainment lectures, Quiz Nights, Toga, Charity events, Beach Day Out, Post-Graduate Networking, floor meetings and much more.

Beach Day Out

Tātāwhāinga ā-Wharenoho | Inter-Residential Events: 

A crowd favourite of the Ngā Wharenoho engagement programme are our Inter-Residential Events. These competitions between each Residence display their Hall spirit and compete for the overall Championship trophy. The 2021 Champion was University Hall Towers. Who will win this year? 

Our 2022 Inter-Res programme is: 

Event Date Current Champion
Futsal 12/03/2023 55 Symonds & Te Tirohanga
Green Your Room 25/03/2023 University Hall - Towers 
Volleyball 02/04/2023 University Hall - Towers 
Debating 11/05/2023 Waipārūrū Hall
eSports 28/05/2023 Waipārūrū Hall
30/07/2023 Waipārūrū Hall
Netball 20/08/2023 Waipārūrū Hall
Quiz 21/09/2023  
Talent Quest  07/10/2023  
Overall Champion    

Manaakitanga, our charity work: 

Manaakitanga is behaviour that acknowledges the mana of others as having equal or greater importance than one's own, through the expression of aroha, hospitality, generosity and mutual respect.

Giving back to the wider community is important to all of us. We include service based events in our Orientation programmes and champion causes throughout the year. Our supported charities and service initiatives include:

  • Beads of Courage - O'Rorke Hall
  • Forest & Birde - Carlaw Park Student Village 
  • Variety, The Children's Charity -  Grafton Hall & Student Flats
  • SPCA - University Hall Apartments & Waikohanga House
  • Pink Shirt Day - Waipārūrū Hall & University Hall - Towers
  • Ending HIV - 55 Symonds & Te Tirohanga o te Tōangaroa
WeCAN charity fundraiser for Auckland City Mission

Balls and Formal celebrations: 

A highlight for members and a chance to dress up and celebrate your new Whānau! Our Halls hold their annual Balls in August and our Residences hold theirs in September/October each year. 

Waipārūrū and University Hall - Towers Ball 2020

Resident Grant Scheme: 

Resident Grant Scheme is an initiative where you as a resident can request event funding and support from your Accommodation team to deliver an event or a value add initiative in your Accommodation community. You can request funding between orientation week and study week.

Residential Excellence Awards:

The Residential Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognise our accommodation community. There are a range of categories: 

  • Āwhina | Service
  • Kotahitanga | Inclusion
  • Tiaki Taiao | Sustainability
  • Whanaungatanga | Community

Students who have excelled in these categories can be nominated for an award by a member of the accommodation team, or a fellow student and will receive their award during the award ceremony, the Residential Excellence Gala in September. 

Residential Excellence Awards 2020

Other features of our engagement programme:

In addition to the social events, our residents also participate in regular community meetings and activities, goal setting with RAs, life and academic skill workshops, study groups, our annual Green your room competition, Diversity weekend celebrations, cultural events and more!

Have any questions?

Contact our Pou Wheako Wharenoho | Residental Experience Officer to find out more: or korero with your local Accommodation team!