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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.
merja myllylahti

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.
Dion Enari

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.
Headshot of Dr Tago Mharapara

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.
Supreme Winner Delta Waterways Team - Judges Q&A

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.
Decal of flowers and birds in hospital

Creating a healing environment

Art and design
22 Oct, 2021
Katie Twisleton’s master's research looked at how graphic design could be used in a stroke ward to improve experiences of healthcare.
Offshore fish farms

Research: offshore fish farms

Science
19 Oct, 2021
AUT is leading a large 36-month international project to develop a technique to assess the environmental impact of offshore aquaculture.
Dr Armgan Sabetian, Dr Jingjing Zhang, Dr Julian Lilkendey

Ancient fish bones reveal lost habitats

Science
19 Oct, 2021
AUT scientists combine satellite tracking and chemical analysis to reveal ancient habitats of Hauraki Gulf snapper.
Bright coloured paints

Thinking through colour

Art and design
12 Oct, 2021
After finding problems with the designs of patient information in healthcare, student Hannah Sames looked at how painting could improve experiences.
Dr Alayne Mikahere-Hall

Child and youth mortality rates

Health sciences
11 Oct, 2021
Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee co-chair Dr Alayne Mikahere-Hall says ‘a higher priority must be placed on reducing shameful statistics’.
Steel beams

Limiting seismic damage in new builds

Architecture and built environment
06 Oct, 2021
Research by Dr Shahab Ramhormozian and colleagues will help protect steel-framed buildings from seismic damage.
Mel Johnston and Michael Naylor

Gender gap cut — sports club governance

Sport and recreation
04 Oct, 2021
Females in Kiwi sports clubs was a focus of this year's National Sport Club Survey, with some positive results, says AUT researcher Dr Mel Johnston.
Steve Henry

Should I get vaccinated?

Science
04 Oct, 2021
A view from a bioengineer working on COVID-19: Professor Steve Henry went from hesitant to believing mRNA vaccines are the way of the future.
Sian Clancy and Tony Oldham

AUT partners with Drug Free Sport NZ

Sport and recreation
30 Sep, 2021
Drug Free Sport NZ has announced a new research partnership with AUT to design and evaluate a world-class education programme on anti-doping.
Jarrod Haar

Anxiety rising in the Kiwi workforce

Business
30 Sep, 2021
Kiwi employees are worried about job security – and new findings reflect their anxiety levels.
Maria Bellringer

How much, how often, how many?

Health sciences
28 Sep, 2021
New global gambling guidelines could help reduce related harm post-lockdown.
Professor Jun Lu

The science behind health supplement NMN

Science
28 Sep, 2021
AUT and EZZ Life Science, have completed the world’s first review of research into the anti-aging supplement Nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN).
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World-first triple PhD joint project

28 Sep, 2021
3 Te Wānanga o Aotearoa staff have been awarded PhD’s in raranga (traditional Māori weaving) after joined-up study through AUT’s Ipukarea Research Centre.
Lorenzo

SfTI funds bio-inspired underwater robot

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
24 Sep, 2021
Dr Lorenzo Garcia has secured $200,000 of funding in the latest round of the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge.
David Rice

EEG Neurofeedback trial for chronic pain

Health sciences
23 Sep, 2021
The world’s biggest clinical trial using Electroencephalography (EEG) Neurofeedback as a therapy to manage chronic pain has been launched in New Zealand.
Merja Myllylahti

The changing shape of news income

Communication studies
21 Sep, 2021
AUT Senior lecturer Merja Myllylahti investigates the first decade of digital revenue payments in a new paper for Digital Journalism.
Helius and AUT

Researching advanced medicinal cannabis

Science
14 Sep, 2021
AUT and Helius Therapeutics have partnered on the research and development of advanced medicinal cannabis products.
Lana and Legacy

Moana view in Ars Electronica Festival

Art and design
13 Sep, 2021
AUT academics will host Moana Digitalities as part of the 2021 Ars Electronica Festival.
Yellow flower

Government reports on NZ’s happiness

Social sciences and public policy
13 Sep, 2021
Thanks to AUT research, Statistics NZ now recognises that “happiness” is a key indicator of how COVID-19 is impacting our country.
Professor Valery Feigin

Changing weather heightens stroke risk

Health sciences
08 Sep, 2021
New data from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study shows that low ambient temperature is an increasing stroke risk factor around the world.
THE rankings logo AUT

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.
BEL scholar

Notable award for AUT Business student

Business
01 Sep, 2021
An international honour society has recognised an AUT Business School postgraduate, highlighting the dedication of the society’s NZ alumni chapter.
Dr Antje Deckert standing arms folded and smiling at the camera.

Support for iwi checkpoints

Social sciences and public policy
16 Aug, 2021
New research supports the use of community checkpoints, as implemented by Māori during the pandemic.
Shanghai ranking

AUT’s Clinical Medicine first equal

Health sciences
06 Aug, 2021
AUT’s Clinical Medicine has been ranked joint first place amongst New Zealand universities.
HES Maori Celebration of Graduation

The mahi behind Māori graduates

Health sciences
05 Aug, 2021
In the midst of a global pandemic, unprecedented health sector reform and cultural change, Māori health students are still graduating.
People under magnifying glass

Supporting Research Recruitment - August

Health sciences
02 Aug, 2021
Can you help our research with impact? Find out about current research at AUT and recommend projects to friends and whānau who may want to get involved.
Dr Heather Came

Realigning competencies with te Tiriti

Health sciences
02 Aug, 2021
A new study examines regulated health professions’ competency documents and their compliance with te Tiriti.
Professor Andrew Lowe

Five questions: Professor Andrew Lowe

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
30 Jul, 2021
We asked Professor Andrew Lowe five questions about his research ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
Chairs and tables laid out for fine dining in a The Clink restaurant.

Public fine dining in prisons is popular

Hospitality, tourism and events
29 Jul, 2021
Opening prison restaurants in New Zealand has the potential to cut reoffending – while being a great experience for diners.
Associate Professor El-Shadan Tautolo

AUT Pacific youth mental health study

Health sciences
27 Jul, 2021
HRC-funded study aims to improve mental health services for New Zealand’s Pacific youth.
Professor Rhema Vaithianathan sitting arms crossed and looking at the camera.

CSDA screening tool in the spotlight

Social sciences and public policy
22 Jul, 2021
The work of AUT's Centre for Social Data Analytics in using computer algorithms for social good has been getting a lot of international news attention.
Professor Andrew GIbbons

Five questions: Professor Andrew Gibbons

Education
09 Jul, 2021
We asked Professor Andrew Gibbons five questions about his research ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
Merja blog

More people are paying for online news

Communication studies
08 Jul, 2021
Dr. Merja Myllylahti breaks down the findings from the latest Reuters Digital News Report 2021.
Awanis Azizan

Tools to combat mussel threat

Science
06 Jul, 2021
A postgraduate student is providing insight into how mussels cope with disease and heat stress.
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How body movement changes in pregnancy

05 Jul, 2021
New project to build a greater understanding of the changes pregnant women undergo in body size, shape and balance.
MBIE

MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowships

24 Jun, 2021
Three early career researchers in the faculty of Design and Creative Technologies have been awarded MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowships.
Professor Verica Rupar

Five questions: Professor Verica Rupar

Communication studies
21 Jun, 2021
We asked Professor Verica Rupar five questions about her research ahead of her Inaugural Professorial Address.
AUT Drone Lab group photo

AUT Drone Lab Antarctic Conservation

17 Jun, 2021
AUT’s Drone Lab is part of the Australian Research Council $A36m project Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF) project.
Ayesha Scott

AUT funding helps Kiwis talk about money

Business
15 Jun, 2021
Newly funded research from AUT aims to tackle financial abuse by helping Kiwis feel comfortable and talk constructively about money with their loved ones.
Professor Lindsey White

Five questions: Professor Lindsey White

Science
14 Jun, 2021
We asked Professor Lindsey White five questions about his research ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
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