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Semester 2 - teaching online

09 Sep, 2021
Given the uncertainty of alert levels under the Delta variant, AUT has decided that all teaching will remain online for Semester 2.
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AUT climbs up the global rankings

02 Sep, 2021
AUT continues to climb up the global university rankings joining the University of Otago in second place in NZ and the top 250 universities in the world.
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Five questions: Professor Sharon Mazer

Language and culture
17 May, 2021
We asked Professor Sharon Mazer five questions about her research ahead of her Inaugural Professorial Address.
Professor Ineke Crezee

Five questions with Prof. Ineke Crezee

09 Apr, 2021
We asked Professor Ineke Crezee five questions about her research ahead of her Inaugural Professorial Address.
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Assassin's Creed: Why is it successful?

Language and culture
17 Dec, 2020
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series is one of the world’s best-selling video game series.
New AUT Professors

New Professors and Associate Professors

30 Nov, 2020
Nine academics have been appointed to the position of Professor, effective from 1 January 2021. 19 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
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Scorchers: A climate-fiction anthology

Language and culture
13 Nov, 2020
A new antipodean anthology of climate change short fiction might just contribute to humanity imagining its way out of this existential crisis.
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A new PhD scholarship

Language and culture
03 Nov, 2020
A new scholarship worth $10,000 will support a student starting or undertaking their PhD at AUT in a topic focused on Southeast Asia.
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Hope for the Niuean language in Aotearoa

23 Oct, 2020
Learning the Niuean language and the culture embedded within it can bring identity and self-esteem, AUT alumna Rosa Kalauni says.
Language interpreter Dr Mustafa Derbashi sitting at a desk.

Interpreting at a terrorist's hearing

Language and culture
21 Aug, 2020
In the middle of the action at the Christchurch mosques terrorist’s sentencing will be AUT alumnus, and language interpreter, Dr Mustafa Derbashi.
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Masters student wins 20000 scholarship

Language and culture
26 Jun, 2020
Master of Creative Writing student and mental health advocate Thorne Snow has been awarded a William Georgetti Scholarship worth $20,000.

How our language helped contain COVID-19

Language and culture
19 May, 2020
NZ contained COVID-19. Direct and kind words on signage helped, writes Dr Nelly Martin-Anatias.
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Same Same But Different 2020

Language and culture
07 Feb, 2020
2020 is a big year for Same Same But Different, as AUT alum Sam Orchard takes the helm as programme director.
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Lecturer wins Robert Burns poetry award

Language and culture
05 Feb, 2020
Creative Writing Lecturer Siobhan Harvey has won the Robert Burns Poetry Competition for 2020.
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Siobhan Harvey scoops poetry award

Language and culture
21 Nov, 2019
The prestigious Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems has this year been awarded to an AUT creative writing lecturer.
QS stars 2019

AUT a 5-star university across all categories

13 Nov, 2019
AUT has received the maximum five stars for the first time in every category according to the global education analysts QS in their recent results.
New Professors announced in 2019

New Professors and Associate Professors

07 Nov, 2019
AUT has announced the promotion of 12 leading academics to the position of Professor. A further 15 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
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AUT moves up 50 places in world rankings

12 Sep, 2019
AUT is now in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 50 for research citations.
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19 first in family scholarships awarded

05 Sep, 2019
19 AUT students were awarded Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarships at a celebration event at the AUT South Campus on Thursday 29 August.
Creative writing lecturer Siobhan Harvey

Poetry is for all the times in your life

Language and culture
26 Aug, 2019
Poetry knows no barriers or prejudices, and we all have a poem inside us waiting to be composed, Creative Writing Lecturer Siobhan Harvey writes.
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AUT supports writers festival

Language and culture
13 Aug, 2019
For the second consecutive year, AUT is supporting the Going West Books & Writers Festival.
Emeriti Professors

AUT awards five Professors Emeriti

26 Jun, 2019
Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack has awarded the honorary title of Professor Emeritus to five senior professors.
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PM visits refugee education centre

Language and culture
21 Jun, 2019
The latest students at AUT's Centre for Refugee Education had a special guest for their farewell ceremony – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
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Creative Writing graduate scoops NZ Book Award

Language and culture
17 May, 2019
An AUT graduate's hard work has been recognised at this year's Ockham NZ Book Awards.
62% increase in AUT researchers

62% increase in AUT researchers

30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
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15 Mar, 2019
The tragic event in Christchurch today devastates us. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and families.
Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion

Celebrating AUT through the years

21 Jan, 2019
Over 50 of our oldest alumni came together for the 2018 Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion hosted by the alumni office.
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Research tackles online trolls

Language and culture
16 Jan, 2019
Dr Philippa Smith recently returned from the OII in the UK where she studied counter speech strategies in response to negative online discourses.
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Initiative to address interpreter demand

Language and culture
09 Jan, 2019
AUT is offering six scholarships for the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Interpreting), targeted at speakers of identified rare languages in NZ.
AUT Edge Award winners

Gaining skills for the workplace

14 Dec, 2018
Auckland Council are proud to sponsor the overall achievement prize for the AUT Edge Award, an extra-curricular employability award at AUT.
Staff and students involved with the Haru no Kawa art exhibition

Arts student plans dream event

30 Oct, 2018
Final-year student Hannah Bradley was given a rare opportunity to host her own event as part of her workplace experience with Auckland Artweek.
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Minister launches sustainable blueprint

24 Oct, 2018
The Minister for Climate Change, the Hon James Shaw officially launched AUT’s Sustainability Roadmap on Friday 19 October.
The 2018 Blue Award recipients

AUT Blue Awards recognise top students

17 Oct, 2018
41 AUT students were honoured for their sporting, artistic and cultural successes on Friday at the AUT Blue Awards.
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Showcasing Pacific history in London

Language and culture
16 Oct, 2018
Professor Tania Ka'ai represented the Pacific - and rubbed shoulders with Royalty - during the opening of the prestigious Oceania exhibition.
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AUT Blue Awards honour arts and culture

09 Oct, 2018
The annual AUT Blue Awards for sporting excellence will now be extended to acknowledge arts and culture excellence among high achieving students.
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THE rankings place AUT in NZ top three

27 Sep, 2018
AUT has significantly improved in global university rankings published today by the Times Higher Education.
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Japanese lecturer wins prestigious award

Language and culture
25 Sep, 2018
Dallas Nesbitt, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies has been awarded the 2018 Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation.
Winner Gillian Roach and judge Elizabeth Morton

MCW grads scoop top poetry awards

Language and culture
21 Sep, 2018
Master of Creative Writing alumni have won in both categories of this year’s New Voices Emerging Poets Competition.
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AUT 2019 domestic and international fees

13 Sep, 2018
Tuition fees for new domestic students, and for domestic and international students currently enrolled in a programme will increase in 2019.
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Associate Professor Sharon Harvey appeared on TVNZ’s Breakfast show

Language and culture
10 Sep, 2018
Associate Professor Sharon Harvey appeared on TVNZ’s Breakfast show recently to talk about the importance of learning languages.
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Japanese Festival is a roaring success

Language and culture
22 Aug, 2018
The ninth annual Auckland Regional Secondary School Japanese Speech Festival was recently hosted by the School of Language and Culture at AUT.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei: Alec Hawke, Elizabeth Turner and Will ’Ilolahia

Commemorating Bastion Point protest

Language and culture
11 Jun, 2018
Dr Elizabeth Turner, senior lecturer in the School of Language and Culture, was invited to present her doctoral thesis to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
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AUT staff scoop NZ Sign Language Awards

Language and culture
01 Jun, 2018
Lecturers Susie Ovens and Lynette Pivac were recognised for their impressive achievements at the recent NZ Sign Language Awards ceremony.
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Academia enhances social change tools

19 Apr, 2018
Social change campaigner Richie Hardcore kicked off the AUT Culture and Society Career Fair by stressing the importance of resilience and learning.
Alumni form indie publishing collective

Alumni form indie publishing collective

Language and culture
16 Feb, 2018

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Glamuzina, a graduate of AUT’s Masters of Creative Writing programme in 2008, said she still meets with several of her fellow Masters graduates every week on a Tuesday.

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

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

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

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.

World Internet Project - latest NZ research from AUT

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

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.

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