Faculty rainbow groups

Faculty Rainbow groups are social and academic communities for LGBTI staff and students across the University.


Caroline Blyth
Hidden Perspectives - a social and academic community that

provides a safe and inclusive platform for LGBTI student voices in the Faculty of Arts. Hidden Perspectives hosts a range of events througout the year, including ‘My Queer Research’ seminars, movie screenings, and student panel discussions. These are open to everyone, regardless of what faculty you are in. Hidden Perspectives is committed to celebrating the diversity and inclusivity of the Arts.

For further details, please contact Hidden Perspectives coordinators Caroline Blyth or Chip Matthews



Olivia Flack
Rainbow Business: a student-led association united
in creating social and advocacy opportunities for LGBTI business students. For more information, visit our Facebook page

Creative Arts and Industries       

Christopher Rollins
Tera Hanson

Education and Social Work 

Nicoletta Rata-Skudder


Alcíone Fagundes**

**To join the Rainbow Engineering Facebook Group, contact Alcíone Fagundes.


Hanna Wilberg    
Jane Kelsey
Ron Paterson

Medical and Health Sciences        

Morgan Butler 
If you would like to stay in the loop with LGBTI events and discussion, please email fmhssupport@auckland.ac.nz with the word ‘Rainbow’ in the subject line. Your student academic advisers will add you to their confidential mailing list.

A new faculty-specific LGBTI page is also available


Glenda Haines

*The Women in Engineering Network (WEN) understands that as a network that operates on a gendered basis, inclusion in the network may be an issue for trans students. WEN strives to be inclusive to anyone who identifies as a woman and is studying engineering. However, the mailing list for WEN is generated from the central University server, which may not record the gender identity of students correctly. If you are not currently receiving emails from WEN and would like to, or if you are currently receiving emails and would like to stop receiving them, please contact  Naomi Fleming (Women in Engineering Adviser).

The University of Auckland PGSA Rainbow Group

The University of Auckland’s PGSA (Postgraduate Students Association) is a registered organisation run by Postgraduate Students, and is all about giving the most rewarding student experience possible. Having been established for over a decade, we are very aware that many postgrad students have unique challenges. Whether that be coming from out of town/overseas, juggling responsibilities, or encountering significant personal changes. We are also aware that PG study is completely different to UG study, and requires its own class of academic guidance, wellbeing support, and peer support.

Looking to the future, we have adapted how we function as an organisation, and one of our biggest changes is the establishment of our ‘Rainbow Officer’ role. Lots has been done to establish “acceptance” in New Zealand, but there is more work to be done around “inclusion”, so that is our Rainbow Officer’s main focus this year! We are working with both the university equity staff and AUSA to develop a new and all-inclusive umbrella network across our different campuses, bringing new initiatives, dedicated spaces, and more ways for people to connect, i.e. fun events and contests! We are also working to develop more chances for students to display their LGBTQI+ research within the wider community, by establishing prizes within existing competitions, and establishing our own sponsored competitions. The relationships we have established thus far are promising, and we look forward to long-lasting and engaging relationships throughout the various university communities, and being able to provide an inclusive environment for queer postgraduate students.