Language and culture news

Social change campaigner Richie Hardcore

Academia enhances social change tools

19 Apr, 2018

Social change campaigner Richie Hardcorekicked off the AUT Culture and Society Career Fair by stressing the importance of resilience and learning.

AUT increases presence in QS subject rankings

28 Mar, 2018

New global rankings show AUT now has 13 subjects ranked, with two of them featuring in the top 50 in the world.

Alumni form indie publishing collective

Alumni form indie publishing collective

Language and culture
16 Feb, 2018

A group of AUT creative writing alumni created their own indie publishing company, Cloud Ink Press, to give new authors a voice in the industry.


World first Indonesia Centre opens in Auckland

Language and culture
06 Sep, 2017

A new centre designed to promote Indonesia in New Zealand and strengthen relations between the two countries, has opened in Auckland. Hosted by AUT, the centre is a world first, and if successful is likely to be repeated in cities around the world.

Radilaite Cammock

Māori and Pacific Early Career Academic Programme

02 Sep, 2017

A new generation of Māori and Pacific lecturers is taking up residence at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

The 2018 Early Career Academic Programme offers up to six Māori and Pacific scholars their first, full-time, permanent appointments as research-active lecturers.


$160 million for languages education in schools? Let’s make sure we get it right.

Language and culture
29 Aug, 2017

National’s election promise of $160 million dollars for language learning in schools has the potential to completely transform language learning in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Kiwi poet a finalist in international Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016

Language and culture
08 Dec, 2016

AUT Master of Creative Writing graduand Maris O’Rourke is one of 60 finalists, chosen from thousands of entries, in the international Aesthetica Creative Writing Award; a competition for emerging and established writers.

The value of learning another language

Language and culture
19 Aug, 2016

A new book co-edited by School of Language and Culture senior lecturer Dallas Nesbitt gives unprecedented insight into issues and strategies around Japanese language learning in New Zealand at tertiary level.

Welcome signs at AUT South Campus

Language and culture
09 Aug, 2016

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) stole the show at a recent diversity event at AUT South Campus.

NZSL interpreter, Lani Wendt-Scanlan, told the audience she was inspired to learn how to sign while caring for a young girl who was Deaf.

A sign of welcome for staff and students

Language and culture
18 May, 2016

Hundreds of students and staff pass through the foyer of the WT building on the City Campus every day and now Safety & Security Officer PK Takaia can communicate with them all thanks to his New Zealand Sign Language classes.

Visiting Writers Programme author: publishers don’t hold all the power

Language and culture
15 Apr, 2016

Setting aside time to write every week was one of the pieces of advice from Rich Man Road author Ann Glamuzina at the second talk in AUT’s Visiting Writers series.

MCW candidates gain invaluable advice from Visiting Writers Programme session with Purgatory author Rosetta Allan

Language and culture
15 Mar, 2016

“Focus on perspective – find that vital thread that is going to help you tell your story.” That was one of the pieces of advice from Purgatory author Rosetta Allan in the first of the talks in AUT’s Visiting Writers Programme.


Opinion - Turning the tide on ‘declining’ languages: Japanese as a case study

Language and culture
02 Sep, 2015

Opinion piece written by AUT Senior Lecturer in Japanese Dallas Nesbitt.


New Zealand kids monolingual, missing out

Language and culture
06 Aug, 2015

The Māori language is in a dire situation and the 2013 census saw a further drop in numbers of Māori speaking Māori. In 2015′s Māori language week, Auckland University of Technology Associate Professor Sharon Harvey takes on popular misconceptions, explains how a national languages policy would increase our awareness of languages overall, and tells us how Māori might figure in such a policy. This article was originally published for the Royal Society of New Zealand at


Advice and insights for aspiring writers

Language and culture
03 Mar, 2015

Auckland author Gina Cole is the first writer to share advice and insights with those aspiring to be published as part of the AUT 2017 Visiting Writers Program.


Hawai’i and New Zealand universities championing revitalisation of indigenous languages

18 Dec, 2014

A Hawaiian Language Studies expert from the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu has given AUT University a thumbs up for its work in promoting the revitalisation of te reo Māori.


A cultural agenda for the best of both worlds - Vanuatu Minister provides food for thought at AUT’s South Campus

Language and culture
29 Oct, 2014

The Honourable Ralph Regenvanu, Vanuatu Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, provided some strong food for thought at a free AUT Pacific public lecture held at AUT’s South Campus in Manukau recently.


Vanuatu Minister for Lands and Natural Resources to speak at AUT’s South Campus

Language and culture
21 Oct, 2014

AUT is proud to be hosting the Honourable Ralph Regenvanu at a free public lecture at its South Campus in Manukau on Thursday 23 October.


AUT University Pacific researchers shine at third annual Samoa Conference

Language and culture
14 Oct, 2014

A group of five AUT University PhD candidates based at AUT’s South Campus recently attended the third annual Samoa Conference.


AUT Professor wins prestigious economics award

Language and culture
29 Aug, 2014

AUT University Professor of Public Policy, Marilyn Waring, was yesterday announced the 2014 recipient of the prestigious New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) Economics Award.

Dr Matthew McDougall

Authentic content key to connecting with Chinese markets via social media

21 Mar, 2014

In the fast changing digital media landscape authentic content and narratives are vital to branding no matter who is using it.


Japanese language network aims to reverse decline

Language and culture
18 Mar, 2014

A newly formed language teachers’ network is determined to reverse the decline in Japanese language study, says co-chair, AUT School of Language and Culture senior lecturer Dallas Nesbitt.

Bianca Zander

Creative writing lecturer ‘thrilled’ to be named a 2014 Sargeson Fellow

Language and culture
17 Mar, 2014

Novelist and AUT creative writing lecturer Bianca Zander says she is “absolutely thrilled” to be awarded the 2014 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship, a prestigious New Zealand literary honour.

Fulbright research aims to improve ethnic medical outcomes

Language and culture
04 Feb, 2014

Introducing patient navigators (who are trained medical interpreters) to New Zealand hospitals could help reduce adverse outcomes for ethnic communities according to a 2014 Fulbright Scholar from AUT University.

Top poetry award goes to creative writing tutor

Language and culture
25 Nov, 2013

AUT Creative Writing tutor Siobhan Harvey has been awarded New Zealand’s premier poetry prize, the Landfall Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry.

The award, valued at $16,000, is for her project: Nephology for Beginners which is about a child with autism spectrum, his mother and his school. She was one of 90 entries judged by poet, fiction writer and lecturer Jeffrey Paparoa Holman.

World Internet Project - latest NZ research from AUT

Language and culture
21 Nov, 2013

Most New Zealand internet users are accessing the internet from a hand-held mobile device at least some of the time, according to the 2013 World Internet Project New Zealand (WIPNZ) Report.

Dr Jeff Cole in New Zealand with AUT and the US Embassy

18 Nov, 2013

AUT University is hosting Dr Jeffrey Cole, international Internet expert and international director of the World Internet Project (WIP) at two exciting ventures this week.

Dr Cole, founder and director of the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California Annenberg School, is the 2013 speaker at AUT’s The Project.


AUT goes international with language revitalisation

Language and culture
25 May, 2012

An initial group of six AUT staff left New Zealand for the USA last week to promote the work being done here in the International Centre for Language Revitalisation.


Facebook monopolises NZ's online social networking landscape

Language and culture
09 Dec, 2011

Facebook has captured the hearts (and time) of Kiwis while MySpace has disappeared off our radars completely.


AUT launches international centre for language revitalisation in the USA

25 May, 2011

This week AUT University academics launched the International Centre for Language Revitalisation at the United Nations, in New York City - a centre which could breathe life into many of the world’s endangered languages.


The internet: more use, more mobile, less secret

Language and culture
17 Nov, 2010

The internet is moving out from behind closed doors in homes to communal places like lounges and kitchens the latest World Internet Project figures report.

Futuristic worlds, disillusioned housewives and racoon eyed grandmothers catch judges’ attention

Language and culture
13 Apr, 2010

A futuristic world where people choose their appearance, a disillusioned Ponsonby housewife, and an ode to a grandmother were what caught the judges’ attention in the first AUT Creative Writing Competition.