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A life well lived paves way to encourage Pasifika women in communication

Geraldine Lopdell’s family was looking for a fitting way to celebrate a ‘life well lived’ when they decided to set up one of AUT’s newest awards. During life, Geraldine had been an excellent teacher and artist, a supportive and generous friend and a captivating storyteller with an adventurous spirit. Her...

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Donor and former student credits life of opportunities to quality education

Val Petrie, an 87-year-old alumna of AUT's early predecessor, Seddon Memorial Technical College, donates regularly to one of the funds managed by the AUT Foundation. She visited AUT to meet a recipient of the scholarship she donates to, and explained a little more about her life and why she continues...

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50 Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholars pave way for change

Fifty young people have become the first in their families to embark on a university education with support from the Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarships. Thirteen scholars received the award in 2018, the fourth year since this scholarship was introduced at AUT with the goal of breaking down barriers to...

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Japanese tea time delivers much more than just tea

A generous donation from the Nissan Foundation is bringing big benefits to Japanese language enthusiasts from AUT and beyond. AUT’s Japanese friendship and culture club Ocha no Jikan (Japanese Tea Time), is a weekly meet-up group that builds cultural understanding, language and leadership skills, not to mention a healthy dose...

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Empowering underprivileged girls – and inspiring the world

Some people are born to do great things. AUT nursing student Alannah Wesche is one of them. The dynamic 20 year old not only juggles her nursing studies with a part-time job looking after a young woman with Downs Syndrome, she’s also the driving force behind GEE Nepal, a New...

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A cookbook that will change lives

A group of volunteers from AUT worked together to create a mouthwatering approach to supporting young people from refugee backgrounds to study at AUT. ‘Tastes of Home’ – a cookbook featuring family recipes and stories of AUT staff and students from migrant and refugee backgrounds – is available for $60...

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Scholarships kick-start careers on a global stage

Thanks to generous benefactors, AUT students can apply for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to put their skills to work in an international market straight after they graduate – with required flights, visas and health and travel insurance costs covered by AUT Internz scholarships. In 2018, 28 new graduates jetted off to North...

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Quiet generosity behind language revitalisation

The late Professor John Moorfield’s impact on te reo Māori is hard to quantify. It can be found in a range of print and ditigal resources chartering the future of the spoken language. The digital language revitalisation application Kupu, created out of a partnership between Spark, Google and AUT’s Te...

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Foodie Godmother waves magic wand for AUT students

The AUTSA food pantry, named the Foodie Godmother, is where students can come and access household items and food whenever they need a helping hand. Foodie Godmother came about after the former president of the Student Representative Council, Urshula Ansell, saw a high demand for campus kai. Every week, food...

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