At AUT, our gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and intersex (LGBTQIA+) communities are known as the rainbow community. We offer services and resources for students who identify with diverse sexual orientations, sex and gender identities.
In New Zealand, rainbow people have legal rights to live freely as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning. The Human Rights Act 1993 outlaws discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender. The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill 2013 enables adult couples of any gender to marry, including same-sex and different sex couples.
The information for these will be updated as soon as it is available.
If you are a transgender student and need to change your name, download the name change process document below.
All AUT campuses have all gender bathrooms.
There are a range of people and services you can contact for help and support at AUT.
Counselling is the process of privately talking through anything that concerns you. A counsellor will listen to you sensitively, without judgement, and will try and see things from your point of view. The Rainbow Community Coordinator can help you find a counsellor to suit your needs.
If you’re worried about your safety or the safety of someone else and you need urgent help, call:
We have a dedicated Rainbow Community Coordinator to support you at AUT. Their role is to:
Bullying and harassment aren't acceptable at AUT. If you feel harassed, don't keep it to yourself - there are people here to support you:
Māori students can get in touch with a dedicated team to use a range of services.
If you’re sexually active, it’s important that you protect your health and that of your partner/s from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.
For any questions contact:
You can pick up free condoms from:
You can access a number of resources for the rainbow community.
You can pick up this free magazine for the rainbow community at all AUT campuses:
Rainbow Auckland (formerly GABA) Rainbow Auckland welcomes students and offers members networking and social events. Students have free membership. Rainbow Auckland also works for the community by raising funds which are then distributed as grants, AUT scholarships, and awards.
Check out the social events and groups for our rainbow community – alongside the student support services we offer, these are another way to help you make the most of your time at AUT.