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Rainbow students at AUT can access a wide range of support services to make the most of their time at university.

Contact us

AUT's Rainbow Community Manager, Audrey Hutcheson, can provide you with support, information, and links to other services. The rainbow support office is in WB213 and Audrey also works on the North and South Campuses by appointment.

Audrey Hutcheson

Audrey Hutcheson
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6998
Mobile: 021 830 880

Please note that the Rainbow Community Manager is unable to respond after hours.

If you're worried about your safety or the safety of someone else

If you need urgent help, call:

  • 111 for emergency services
  • 0800 800 717 for Crisis Team (if you or someone you know is at risk of self-harm or needs urgent mental health support)
  • +64 9 522 2999 or 0800 543 354 (outside Auckland) for LifeLine
  • 0800 688 5463 for Outline (24 hour Rainbow counselling service)


Counselling is the process of privately talking through anything that concerns you. A counsellor will listen to you sensitively, without judgement, and will try and see things from your point of view. The Rainbow Community Manager can help you find a counsellor to suit your needs.

Harassment Prevention Contacts

Bullying and harassment aren't acceptable at AUT. If you feel harassed, don’t keep it to yourself - there are people here to support you:

International students

In New Zealand, rainbow people have legal rights to live freely as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning. The Human Rights Act 1993 outlaws discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender. The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill 2013 enables adult couples of any gender to marry, including same-sex and different sex couples.

Māori students

Māori student support

Safe sex and sexual health

If you're sexually active, it's important that you protect your health and that of your partner/s from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. for any questions contact:

Free condoms

You can pick up free condoms from:

  • Rainbow student room in WB212
  • AUTSA office
  • Health, Counselling and Wellbeing