AUT aims to provide a place where native biodiversity thrives and students, staff and the wider community are exposed to aspects of our natural heritage to foster understanding and care.
Our sense of place, belonging, balance and contentedness can all be influenced by the relationship we develop with the unique biodiversity where we live – and as a significant landholder in the Auckland region, AUT has a big role to play in protecting and enriching our natural environment.
To meet biodiversity targets, we will:
Our initiatives to improve and protect biodiversity on our campuses include pest control and monitoring, choosing native plants, and hosting beehives
Five beehives at the North Campus produce honey that is used and sold in AUT cafes. There is also a ‘solitary bee’ hotel which is based on designs by students from the School of Art and Design. Many native bees are solitary, so this hotel will support them as well as other insects. Bees are essential for supporting the growth of a significant amount of the food we eat and for pollinating our native plants and trees.
A preference for native plants is incorporated into plant and tree selections around the AUT campuses. A 2021 tree survey of our three campuses found:
Introduced pests are the biggest threat to New Zealand's biodiversity.
Pest plants and animals are controlled at all campuses, and AUT’s North Campus has trapping lines running through the forested area which aim to remove predators and protect nearby nesting dotterels. Monitoring lines in the same area give us an insight into the different predators here – mainly possums, rats and mice. The trapping and monitoring lines are managed by the School of Sport and Recreation.
There are lots of ways you can help protect New Zealand's biodiversity. Here are just a few: