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Artwork responds to climate crisis

Artwork responds to climate crisis

23 Sep, 2022
Combining matauranga Māori and western science, an online artwork tracks the decline of Haupapa Tasman Glacier.
Associate Professor of Screen Production and Cultural Studies Arezou Zalipour with a camera

Documenting Shama

Communication studies
19 Sep, 2022
Documentary research project showcases ethnic trusts work with migrant women in the Waikato region.
$8m boost for AUT engineering research

$8m boost for AUT engineering research

Architecture and built environment
15 Sep, 2022
A funding injection of more than $8 million will boost Auckland University of Technology research into eliminating earthquake damage in buildings.
Treating the stigma of chronic pain

Treating the stigma of chronic pain

Health sciences
15 Sep, 2022
AUT researchers found that people will conceal their chronic pain to avoid ‘being seen as drug-seeking, lazy, or mentally unstable’.
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Challenges for Māori support workers

Business
02 Sep, 2022
A new report lays bare the challenges faced by Māori community support workers, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Never Have I Ever a winner at ORCAs

Communication studies
29 Aug, 2022
AUT Advertising and Brand Creative students have won this year’s TRB student competition at the ORCAs.
Shahab Ramhormozian

Revolutionising quake-resistant building

Architecture and built environment
26 Aug, 2022
An innovation by NZ academics will change the way buildings are constructed, and how they perform in earthquakes, writes AUT’s Dr Shahab Ramhormozian.
Guiding tourism in the Pacific Islands

Guiding tourism in the Pacific Islands

Hospitality, tourism and events
25 Aug, 2022
With visitors now returning to the Pacific Islands, AUT is helping destinations make better decisions on building back.
Simone Rodda

Over 10 million sought help for gambling

Health sciences
22 Aug, 2022
A systematic review, published in the scientific journal Addiction, has found that globally one in every 400 adults has sought help for gambling problems.
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AI for the environment hackathon

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
18 Aug, 2022
In September AUT will host the female-led AI hackathon AI for the environment in a weekend of creative problem-solving.
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Costco will change how Kiwis shop

Business
17 Aug, 2022
Costco will change the way New Zealanders shop. Marketing expert Megan Phillips shares tips for getting the most out of a bulk buy.
Professor Rhema Vaithianathan standing smiling with arms crossed.

Machine learning to help the homeless

Social sciences and public policy
16 Aug, 2022
Plenty of interest is being shown in AUT’s use of machine learning that reduces issues of systemic racism when housing the homeless.
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Mātauranga Māori celebrated

11 Aug, 2022
Te Ara Pakihi, Te Ōhanga Me Te Ture | Faculty of Business, Economics and Law has contributed to many recent successes and celebrations of mātauranga Māori.
Irmine Kabimbi Ngoy wins BGS prize

Prize for research into kid influencers

Business
11 Aug, 2022
AUT PhD candidate Irmine Kabimbi Ngoy has been awarded the Beta Gamma Sigma New Zealand Alumni Committee scholarship.
Dr David Hall

AUT on track to a more sustainable future

04 Aug, 2022
A new report has found AUT is on track to meet a range of critical targets and key sustainability priorities and objectives.
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AUT Pay Gaps Report released

Business
03 Aug, 2022
AUT’s latest report shows its gender and ethnicity pay gaps, the first university in Aotearoa New Zealand to do so.
Associate Professor Jacquie Kidd

AUT provides expertise in equity

Health sciences
29 Jul, 2022
Associate Professor Jacquie Kidd is the Equity Lead on a five-year HRC funded project exploring accessible interventions for osteoarthritis.
Mark Orams

AUT announces new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research

29 Jul, 2022
AUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Damon Salesa has announced Professor Mark Orams will become the university’s new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research.
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ECMS launches new research framework

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
28 Jul, 2022
The School of Engineering, Computer Science & Mathematics’ vision is to produce industry and future-ready graduates for a globally connected world.
Left to right: Linda Tran, Alex Plum, Professor Gail Pacheco.

Covid's impact on Pacific workers

Business
25 Jul, 2022
COVID-19 exacerbated existing disparities between NZ European and Pacific workers - particularly for Pacific women under 30 in Auckland.
Margaret Sandham

Assisted dying and nursing care

Health sciences
22 Jul, 2022
AUT-led research highlights the need to support nurses, procedurally and psychologically, as they increasingly encounter assisted dying.
Katie Palmer du Preez

Families affected by gambling

Health sciences
21 Jul, 2022
A Ministry of Health funded report on problem gambling shows that more can be done to develop a whānau inclusive offering.
A cartoon graphic showing green technologies and a hand holding a coin.

Was Covid-19 good for climate spending?

Social sciences and public policy
18 Jul, 2022
The global Covid-19 pandemic gave an opportunity to spend on New Zealand’s response to the climate crises, but did it?
Anil Narayan and Alexander Plum

High quality research translation awards

Business
07 Jul, 2022
The 2022 New Zealand Business Research Translation Awards were notable for the high standard of entries.
Maria Bellringer

Therapy shown to reduce gambling harms

Health sciences
07 Jul, 2022
A Ministry of Health funded report examines the long-term effectiveness of counselling treatments for gambling disorders.
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HRC funding boosts nGVS research

Health sciences
06 Jul, 2022
AUT-led neurological rehabilitation project investigates brain stimulation intervention for inner ear-related imbalance and blurred vision.
Nicola Kayes

Five Questions: Professor Nicola Kayes

Health sciences
04 Jul, 2022
We asked Nicola five questions ahead of her Inaugural Professorial Address
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Living cities combat climate change

Architecture and built environment
29 Jun, 2022
Planted walls and rooftops, wetlands, tree-lined roadsides and urban ngahere help mitigate climate change. We need more of them in our cities now.
Arezou Zalipour

NZ Film Commission tackles need for diversity and inclusion

Communication studies
29 Jun, 2022
The NZ Film Commission's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy policy will significantly impact the stories filmmakers tell, says Assoc Prof. Arezo Zalipour.
Antonio Diaz Andrade

Five Questions: Professor Antonio Díaz Andrade

Business
28 Jun, 2022
We asked Professor Antonio Díaz Andrade five questions ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
Ayesha Scott

Online toolkit reduces money conflict

Business
27 Jun, 2022
Bespoke to New Zealand, the toolkit has been developed based on the findings from joint research by AUT and Good Shepherd NZ.
Professor Jarrod Haar

Covid cautious or Covid cavalier?

Business
20 Jun, 2022
New AUT research shows half of Kiwi employees have at least a moderate level of “office anxiety” - concerns about returning to the workplace.
Hon Marama Davidson (left) and Dr Claire Gear (right) with members of the Atawhai research rōpū and study participants.

Atawhai: Responding to family violence

Health sciences
17 Jun, 2022
AUT-led research is making it easier for healthcare workers to respond to family violence, by connecting primary care services with community knowledge.
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Sleep, glorious sleep

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
09 Jun, 2022
A new machine designed by AUT alumna Dalya Al-Mohamadamin could put a good night’s sleep back on the menu for thousands of Kiwis. AUT’s Insight meets her.
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For the greater good

Health sciences
09 Jun, 2022
Dr Mangor Pedersen is harnessing the power of AI to revolutionise the treatment of epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and dementia. AUT’s Insight meets him.
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AUT BioDesign Lab: Testing boundaries

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
09 Jun, 2022
At the AUT BioDesign Lab, engineers, designers, physiologists, neuroscientists & clinicians join forces to solve real problems. AUT’s Insight meets them.
Glasses of beer on a table

Does a lower drinking age reduce crime?

Business
08 Jun, 2022
The study compared criminal outcomes of youths who had just turned 18 and could buy alcohol to those who were not quite 18 and unable to legally buy it.
Professor Lester Levy

Five questions: Professor Lester Levy

Health sciences
01 Jun, 2022
We asked Lester five questions ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
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Sharing gender and diversity research

Business
30 May, 2022
Did you know that AUT has an interdisciplinary network dedicated to sharing and showcasing research into gender and diversity?
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Anchors cause damage to seafloor

Science
18 May, 2022
High-resolution mapping has produced the first ever global estimates of coastal habitat damage caused by anchoring.
Katherine Ravenswood

Women workers still less valued than men

Business
17 May, 2022
The latest Budget priorities and failed negotiations with care workers show that little has changed for women workers since the 2017 pay equity settlement.
Erica Hinckson

Creating healthy and sustainable cities

Health sciences
16 May, 2022
A ground-breaking study has benchmarked urban planning policies that promote health and sustainability in cities around the globe.
Eleanor Holroyd

The legacy of lockdown

Health sciences
04 May, 2022
A new study, which examines the impact of COVID-19 on community healthcare workers in Aotearoa, shows that the negative effects were long-lasting.
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Mastering delivery of nutrition skills

Sport and recreation
13 Apr, 2022
Master of Sport, Exercise and Health student Olivia Malamatenios (Ngāpuhi) always aimed to work in health promotion and inspire healthier lifestyles.
Nova Paul

Nova Paul's work in Indigenous Triennial

Art and design
11 Apr, 2022
Senior Lecturer of Visual Arts, Nova Paul, is exhibiting in the inaugural Indigenous Triennial at the Winnipeg Art Gallery/Qaumajuq in Winnipeg, Canada.
Prof Jarrod Haar

Kiwis don't realise they're burnt out

Business
11 Apr, 2022
The latest data from AUT’s Wellbeing@Work study show most people who are suffering from burnout either don’t realise it or can’t assess how serious it is.
Dr David Williamson standing in a commercial kitchens with chefs busy making food behind him.

Voices from hospitality's front line

08 Apr, 2022
New AUT research looks at workplace practices in the hospitality industry and gives recommendations to improve working conditions.
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Trust in news falls alarmingly

Communication studies
07 Apr, 2022
The AUT research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) has published its third Trust in News in Aotearoa New Zealand report.
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Rural communities grow top athletes

Sport and recreation
07 Apr, 2022
Research on elite New Zealand hockey players from small-town and rural areas has produced new evidence on what can help make a top athlete.
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Five questions with Lefaoali’i Dion Enari

Sport and recreation
07 Apr, 2022
We asked him five questions about his research and the importance of placing sustainability at the heart of research activity.
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NZ Podcast summit to be hosted at AUT

Communication studies
05 Apr, 2022
On Saturday 14 May 2022, AUT will host the inaugural NZ Podcasting Summit at its City Campus.
Jeff Seadon

Proposal punishes waste minimisers

Creative technologies
24 Mar, 2022
Auckland Council waste proposal punishes those already minimising waste says School of Future Environments Senior Lecturer Jeff Seadon.
Sandra Mandic

Distance - the key to active transport

Sport and recreation
23 Mar, 2022
Distance is the strongest determining factor for how teenagers feel about walking or cycling to school according to new research.
Steve Henry

Prof Steve Henry new Royal Society Fellow

21 Mar, 2022
Congratulations to Professor Steve Henry of Kode Technology Innovation (DCT) and Kode Biotech, on being made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Nhut Nguyen

LGBT policies impact investor behaviour

Business
17 Mar, 2022
New research shows companies that adopted LGBT-supportive policies for the first time can affect the attitudes and activities of investors.
Nz Trees App

NZ Tree intel in your pocket, even offline

16 Mar, 2022
AUT’s popular NZ Trees app has been updated with more than double the number of native plants now included as well as an offline feature.
Te Tiriti: Two perspectives

Te Tiriti: Two perspectives

Health sciences
15 Mar, 2022
Q+A with ‘Te Tiriti-based futures + Anti-racism 2022’ event organisers – Heather Came (Pākehā activist-scholar) and Eridani Baker (Māori student-activist).
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If she be worthy – online backlash to The Mighty Thor

Communication studies
07 Mar, 2022
The sexist and negative response from Redditors following Natalie Portman’s return to the Thor franchise raises issues within the film industry.
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Breaking bias must take effort

Science
04 Mar, 2022
In New Zealand, attracting women into science is a major problem. The issue is retaining and enabling them to advance at the same rate as men.
Cartoon image of happy graduates holding up degrees.

Thesis Survivor Stories

Social sciences and public policy
01 Mar, 2022
An updated book reveals the deeply personal struggles of PhD candidates – and their practical advice for those who follow in their footsteps.
A stock image of a man knitting while looking at a laptop.

The masculine discourse of men who knit

Language and culture
01 Mar, 2022
Men who knit use language on social media that justifies their participation in the craft.
Left to Right. Associate Professor David White and Dr Imran Khan Niazi

Yoga breathing changes brain activity

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
24 Feb, 2022
A technique popular in yoga classes has been shown to affect brain activity by researchers at AUT’s BioDesign Lab.
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AUT scholar wins Fulbright

Business
23 Feb, 2022
Congratulations to the Business School's Tago Mharapara, who will head to Brown University in the USA as a 2022 Fulbright New Zealand scholar.
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Happy workers are hybrid workers

Business
22 Feb, 2022
New data show that hybrid workers – those who combine working from home and the office – are the happiest and most innovative employees.
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AUT at Best Awards 2021

22 Feb, 2022
AUT’s Art and Design students have won a total of 40 awards at 2021’s Best Awards, including 14 Gold, 12 Silver and 14 Bronze.
Lead author of the study Dr Margaret Sandham.

Predicting changes in clinical status

Health sciences
21 Feb, 2022
New research in palliative care shows that machine learning can predict changes in patients’ clinical status, enabling early medical interventions.
Professor Jarrod Haar

Wellbeing at work expert wins top award

Business
10 Feb, 2022
AUT has awarded its preeminent academic award, the AUT University Medal, to the Business School’s Professor Jarrod Haar (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Mahuta).
‘Switching on’ drugs to target disease

‘Switching on’ drugs to target disease

Science
08 Feb, 2022
To improve drug treatment outcomes and reduce side effects, researchers are looking for ways to more accurately target drugs to work on diseased cells.
Leaps of discovery in sports research

Leaps of discovery in sports research

Sport and recreation
08 Feb, 2022
Imagine analysing the way a person hopped could help predict and improve their sprint performance. That is what AUT PhD candidate Ant Sharp is exploring.
Lecturer in Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Dr Lorenzo Garcia

SHARP TOOLS REDUCE INFECTION

03 Feb, 2022
Researchers have uncovered a link between the sharpness of surgical implements and the risk of post-surgery infection.
Professor Daniel Shepherd

Deprivation a poor predictor of health

Health sciences
02 Feb, 2022
An AUT study shows that the perceived amenity of your neighbourhood is a better predictor of health-related quality of life than socioeconomic status.
From left to right, Professor Alice Theadom, Assoc. Prof. Gwn Lewis' and Professor Patria Hume.

Health report: NZ male ex-rugby players

Health sciences
01 Feb, 2022
AUT study commissioned by World Rugby to better understand the longer-term impacts of sport’s participation and to inform welfare advances.
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RespirAq secures $1.5m investment

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
26 Jan, 2022
A company formed to commercialise innovative respiratory technology, RespirAq, developed by AUT researchers has secured $1.5m of investment.
Researchers as pictured Top row, Left to Right: Dr Tago Mharapara, Dr Janine Clemons, Assoc. Prof. Katherine Ravenswood, Dr Lesley Dixon. Bottom row, Left to Right: Dr Nimbus Staniland, Mrs Stacey Gillard-Tito, Ms Talei Jackson, Prof. Gill Kirton.

Interdisciplinary team wins health grant

26 Jan, 2022
An interdisciplinary team of AUT researchers has won a major grant from the Health Research Council.
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2021 JMAD Media Ownership Report

Communication studies
10 Dec, 2021
JMAD's annual media ownership report tracks the impact of public interest journalism funding and future negotiations for fair pay for news.
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AUT X Challenge 2021 – The Final Pitch

09 Dec, 2021
Eight teams pitched to win at X Challenge – The Final, competing for a share of the $20,000 cash prize pool and over $10,000 of goods and services.
How to harness the great recruitment

How to harness ‘the great recruitment’

Business
06 Dec, 2021
“The great resignation” means talented job seekers in the marketplace, which makes “the great recruitment” an employment opportunity to be seized.
Kiwi kids reading for pleasure

Kiwi kids who read for pleasure do well

Education
03 Dec, 2021
Encouraging children to read for pleasure – which is different from it being a school task – has all kinds of benefits.
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Centre for Design Research launches

Art and design
02 Dec, 2021
The Centre for Design Research (CDR), a hub for excellence in design and creative industries research, has launched today.
Jarrod Haar

CAN SUMMER TAME THE FLAMES OF BURNOUT?

Business
02 Dec, 2021
One in nine. One in five. Now, one in three. It's not a tally of growing COVID cases. Instead, new AUT research shows the risk of burnout is soaring.
Kristen Spencer

Top play – it's all in the eyes

Sport and recreation
01 Dec, 2021
AUT research at the U21 Hockey World Cup taking place in India aims to improve player decision-making and provide more goal opportunities.
Merja

The fight for fair pay for NZ news

Communication studies
29 Nov, 2021
The News Publishers Association is asking the commerce commission to help it negotiate fair pay for NZ news with Google and Facebook.
Heather Came

Public Health Champion 2021

Health sciences
26 Nov, 2021
Associate Professor Heather Came has been named this year’s Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui Public Health Champion.
Kay Vopel

Research a step to predict ocean future

Science
25 Nov, 2021
Research which sheds light on the response of coastal ecosystems to increased atmospheric carbon dioxide will help predict the future of coastal waters.
Monique Cooper

AUT’s first Rhodes Scholar

23 Nov, 2021
Product development engineer Monique Cooper is the first ever AUT graduate to be awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
Daysha Tonumaipe'a (left) and Dr Dianne Wepa (right)

Funding for emerging researchers

23 Nov, 2021
Three AUT researchers have been acknowledged at the Health Research Council’s annual Career Development Awards.
Paul Moon standing in front of the wharenui at AUT

Paul Moon gets first higher doctorate

Te Ara Poutama: Māori and indigenous development
18 Nov, 2021
Professor of History Paul Moon is the first academic to be awarded a higher doctorate by Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
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The pandemic and our social lives

Social sciences and public policy
17 Nov, 2021
As COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, people should plan to reconnect as soon as it is safe to do so, researchers say.
Professor Len Gillman

Names and indigenous knowledge matter

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
16 Nov, 2021
What's in a name? Two Auckland academics have just released a report arguing for a change to naming conventions for native plants.
AUT postgraduate student and firefighter Josh Darby

A firefighter wellbeing project

Health sciences
16 Nov, 2021
Firefighter and AUT student, Josh Darby, is part of a core team leading a $500,000 project to improve the psychological wellbeing of firefighters.
Dong-Xu Liu

Epigenetic research in breast cancer

15 Nov, 2021
The International Breast Cancer Consortium for Epigenetic Discovery will be announced at the opening of the AUT-hosted Breast Cancer Research Symposium.
Damon Salesa

AUT appoints Dr Damon Salesa as new VC

15 Nov, 2021
Pacific scholar and senior university sector leader Dr Damon Salesa has been appointed to be the next Vice-Chancellor of AUT.
Dr Atakohu Middleton

Highly commended for Reo-Māori story

Communication studies
05 Nov, 2021
A te reo Māori short story by AUT lecturer Dr Atakohu Middleton has won an award in a national fiction competition
Associate Professor Willem van Straten (left) and Lecturer Patricio Maturana Russel (right)

Gravitational waves Marsden success

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
04 Nov, 2021
Deciphering gravitational waves and decoding signals from the Universe.
Dr Syrie Hermans

Rutherford postdoctoral fellow award

Science
03 Nov, 2021
Dr Syrie Hermans, has been awarded a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to research how microbes in the soil benefit agricultural ecosystems.
A composite image showing the four AUT Marsden grant recipients.

Four Marsden fund grants for AUT

03 Nov, 2021
Four AUT research projects have been granted more than $2.8 million in the 2021 Marsden Fund round.
Ayesha Scott

Money matters: it all adds up

Business
01 Nov, 2021
Dr Ayesha Scott recently spoke to a virtual audience of 200, speaking on money matters for the Business School’s 2021 Career Advantage Series.
New AUT Professors

New Professors and Associate Professors 3

01 Nov, 2021
Eight AUT academics have been promoted to the position of Professor, and a further 22 have been appointed as Associate Professors.
Associate Professor Jacquie Kidd

Barriers for Māori with prostate cancer

Health sciences
26 Oct, 2021
The Oranga Tū project funded by Movember has mapped ‘the cancer pathway’ for Māori men and their whānau after diagnosis of prostate cancer.
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