Social responsibility

AUT aims to be a thoughtful global citizen by recognising and responding to our local and global responsibilities and opportunities. We do this through a series of partnerships, initiatives and research programmes.

AUT’s three campuses became smoke free in 2012, helping us provide a healthier environment
AUT’s three campuses became smoke free in 2012, helping us provide a healthier environment
Sustainable design and construction practices are at the heart of our teaching and learning spaces, including the new Engineering, Technology and Design precinct
Sustainable design and construction practices are at the heart of our teaching and learning spaces, including the new Engineering, Technology and Design precinct
The new Engineering, Design and Technology building includes sustainability features like low-energy light fittings.
The new Engineering, Design and Technology building includes sustainability features like low-energy light fittings.
AUT actively supports the arts and is a foundation partner in the ASB Waterfront Theatre
AUT actively supports the arts and is a foundation partner in the ASB Waterfront Theatre
AUT's cafes only sell Fairtrade coffee and are Conscious Consumer accredited under four badges: eco-packaging, BYO containers, recycling, and vegetarian/vegan
AUT's cafes only sell Fairtrade coffee and are Conscious Consumer accredited under four badges: eco-packaging, BYO containers, recycling, and vegetarian/vegan

Improving accessibility

We were a founding partner of Be. Accessible in 2011, and since then have supported accessibility initiatives for Auckland and for our university.

We continue to work with Be. Accessible to improve our accessibility towards an ultimate goal of achieving the organisation’s Platinum Assessment rating.

Be. Accessible website

Tackling social issues: Lifewise

We partner with community organisation Lifewise and host the Lifewise Big Sleepout. Leaders and influencers experience sleeping rough for a night in AUT’s Hikuwai Plaza, with Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack and many AUT staff taking part each year.

In 2017 the event raised $333k to tackle youth homelessness in Auckland.

Lifewise Big Sleepout website

Supporting the arts

AUT actively supports the arts through our own ST PAUL St Gallery, which offers a changing exhibition programme from international and local artists.

We’ve been the active university partner of the Auckland Art Gallery since 2007, and in 2016 we strengthened our long-standing partnership with the Auckland Theatre Company by becoming a foundation partner in the ASB Waterfront Theatre. We also sponsor the Vodafone Events Centre Schools Programme – New Zealand’s largest free schools programme for arts education.

Te reo Māori

In recognition of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage, AUT offers nil-tuition Māori language courses to students, staff and the public.

Te reo Māori language courses

Smoke free campuses

AUT’s three campuses became smoke free in 2012, helping us provide a healthier environment for students, staff and visitors. Being smoke free is consistent with our position as a leading university in health science education and research.