Multifaith and spiritual support

AUT spirituality and chaplaincy service provides multifaith spiritual support to students from various faiths and beliefs – promoting taha wairua (spiritual wellbeing). Our chaplains can offer support and services including leading prayer, scripture study, meditation and the blessing of spaces. You can contact a chaplain to talk about life events or discuss your spiritual or personal growth.

Your time at AUT provides opportunities to learn, experience life, and explore ideas and values that encompass your spirituality and faith.

Multifaith and prayer rooms on campus​​

There are multifaith rooms on all campuses, and Muslim prayer rooms on our City and North campuses. Find out where they are and when they're open.

Multifaith rooms are for students of all faith groups to use for prayer, meditation, reflection or faith-based workshops.

  • City Campus: WB246
  • North Campus: AP102
  • South Campus: ​MC202C

You can book the City Campus multifaith room using the AUT App. All rooms can be used for drop-in outside of any booked times.

A Muslim prayer room is available on the City Campus and North Campus for AUT Muslim students and staff. The rooms have separate spaces for men and women, and washroom facilities.

How to access a prayer room

A swipe-card is needed to access the prayer rooms. Register for access and one of the team will be in touch to help you organise your swipe-card access.

Register for Access

Contact Mohamed Ghazaly if you have any questions: m.ghazaly@btinternet.com

Locations

  • City Campus: ground floor of WU Building on St Paul Street
  • North Campus: AP112A

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 12 to 1pm, and 3 to 4pm
Friday: 12 to 2pm, and 5 to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

COVID-19 settings have an impact on opening hours and accessibility.

Jummah Friday prayers

Summer: Session one at 1.30pm, Session two at 2pm, Session three at 2.30pm

Winter: Session one at 12.30pm, Session two at 1.30pm

Chaplains

Our chaplains are spiritual leaders from different faiths who are approachable and take an active interest in helping others. They can support your personal and spiritual growth, provide information on their faith’s beliefs and practices, conduct ceremonies, discuss the meaning or purpose of life, and attend to life passages (like births, marriages, deaths). In times of crisis, uncertainty or celebration it can help to have someone to speak with to gain insight and to grow spiritually through these moments.

Rafat came to New Zealand in 1997 and worked as an Imam of Christchurch Mosque. He is involved in Muslim youth spirituality, and organising camps and trips for Muslim youth. Rafat enjoys tramping, volleyball, soccer and reading. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

Availability

Available on Mondays by appointment.​

Contact details

Phone: 021 134 0501 (no replies for text messages)
Email: r_najm@hotmail.com

Zibai Louis Liu is a pastor from Church of Nazarene New Zealand for Asian Ministries. He is a qualified dentist (Beijing China) who came to NZ, retrained, studied and graduated from Laidlaw College (BCNZ) with a bachelor's degree in Divinity in 2010. He has various interests from film and photography to sailing. He enjoys speaking a variety of languages, and is currently learning Korean, Japanese and Spanish​.

Availability

Available by appointment online: Tuesday to Thursdays.

Contact details

Phone: 021 163 8810
Email: rzibai.liu@aut.ac.nz

Reverend Ravi Musuku is a Baptist pastor of Immanuel City Church, Auckland, and he is also the President-elect of Baptist Churches of New Zealand. Ravi migrated to New Zealand in 1998. He has an extensive list of qualifications including: a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelor of Theology (University of Auckland) and a Pastoral Leadership Diploma (Carey Baptist College) to name just a few. Ravi has also been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity for his lifetime contribution to the church and society.

Having been a migrant and adult student, Ravi understands the spiritual, emotional and wellbeing needs of university students and would be delighted to have an opportunity to meet with you.

Availability

Online meetings can be arranged by appointment.

Contact details

Phone: 021 296 4976
Email: ravi.musuku@aut.ac.nz

Felix Tong is an Evangelist of Mountainside Lutheran Church in Auckland. He has served as a counsellor, deacon, seminary lecturer, and the director of the Family Counselling Centre. Felix has various qualifications including: a bachelor’s degree in computer science (HKUST), an M.Soc.Sc. in Counselling (University of South Australia, Australia), an M.C.S. in Christian Studies majoring in Marriage and Family Therapy (Alliance Bible Seminary, Hong Kong), and D.Min. in Spiritual Direction (Graduate Theological Foundation, USA).

Felix is an experienced listener and mentor. He is passionate about assisting people in discovering the presence of God in their daily lives and enjoys helping others grow their faith and self-development.

Availability

Available for online and in-person or appointments or drop-ins:

  • Wednesday 10am to 1pm (City Campus)

Contact details

Phone: 0272 007 017
Email: felix.tong@aut.ac.nz

Dr Janine Irvine has worked extensively with women, families, youth and immigrants from diverse backgrounds, providing pastoral care and faith-based teaching. She is also an academic and storyteller with a huge heart for people. Janine has extensive experience in social research and has worked with tertiary institutions, government, business and nonprofit organisations. Janine completed her doctoral degree in Life Writing at Massey University, reimagining local history books as genre of community, grassroots-driven, life writing.

Janine understands the value of a good chat and she would love the opportunity to meet with you in person, on campus.

Availability

  • City Campus: Mon to Wed from 8.30am to 1.30pm in the Multifaith Room WB246
  • By appointment at other campuses

Contact details

Phone: 09 921 9999 ext. 8877
Email: janine.irvine@aut.ac.nz

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