University can be a challenging time, especially for Rainbow students. Find out where to go for support, advocacy, safe spaces and social connection.
Support and Representation at the University
Rainbow Student Network
Supported by the Rainbow Support Worker, this group provides
rainbow students a chance to socialise and have fun with peers and discuss
issues affecting rainbow students at the University. Find out more, including
how to join, here.
Rainbow Support Worker
The Rainbow Support Worker takes a holistic, personalised
approach to student wellbeing for our rainbow community, offering 1:1 and group
opportunities to discuss issues that might impact student success. This
includes offering wellbeing support, the provision of rainbow education and
training resources, and addressing structural issues within our tertiary
environment. The role also seeks to cultivate a rainbow community and enhanced
sense of belonging for students. Meet them here.
AUSA Queer Rights Officer
The Queer Rights Officer (QRO) is an executive role in the
AUSA. Each year a student is elected by student union members. Their
responsibility is to support, represent and advocate on behalf of queer
students both to the University, and to AUSA. They also look after Queerspace.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the AUSA Queer Rights Officer
Queerspace is a common room and safe space for Rainbow
students at the University. Run by AUSA and administered by the Queer Rights
Officer, Queerspace is a combined social and study space.
Student Clubs and Communities
The university is host to a variety of rainbow student-led
networks and clubs. They create inclusive communities and spaces on campus that
provide social connection, advocacy and student voice opportunities to
students. Find out more about them here.
An Auckland-based organisation
providing support, contact, information, advocacy and education for gay,
lesbian, bisexual, transgender, takataāpui, fa'afafine and other rainbow young
people and their families/whanau. They provide support in the form of youth
groups and a wide network of professional support, advocacy and resources.
Visit the Rainbow Youth website.
Phone counselling for gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender, curious or questioning individuals
OUTLINE (0800 688 5463)
Opening hours: Every evening 6-9pm
Visit the OUTLine NZ website.
The Low Down
The Low Down is part of New Zealand's
National Depression Initiative. It has personal stories, advice and
guidance and a team you can contact 24/7 by text and email.
Visit The Low Down website.