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The University Survival Guide AUTSA’s handbook for students at AUT


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What is AUTSA?


AUTSA: What we do




Join an AUTSA Club


Getting off the Couch


New Tenancy Checklist


AUT Services You Never Knew Existed


Where To Eat


Student Representative Council at AUT


Foodie Godmother


AUT Campus maps


Use the Library


Advice for International Students


Mental Health Support


Important Dates

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what is AUTSA? Kia ora, we’re the Auckland University of Technology Student Association and we’ve got a really long and unwieldy name, so we generally go by AUTSA. We’re fully funded by the student services fee (that’s your money people!) and we exist to make your university experience as comfortable and fun as possible. You can think of us not so much as an arm of AUT, but more so as a team that acts independently of AUT to ensure students aren’t ever getting a rough deal. If you think AUT’s let you down with something, we are often able to step in and ask the important questions for you. We’re always working on how to be more approachable and more engaged with AUT students and our current offerings include an advocacy team, clubs, student council, Debate magazine and a string of events that you’ll come across throughout the year. If you’re thinking “I don’t need this!”, we totally get it! Many of us who work at the association also didn’t have anything to do with AUTSA during our

time studying at AUT – but we’ve since realised there are actually enormous benefits to be had from the association. If you’re ever having a hard time with anything, whether it’s landlord problems or a grade you want to appeal, then the AUTSA advocacy team are available to sit down and help you out. The team can also assist with general legal information and disciplinary hearings. If you’re looking to meet people on campus, then getting involved in one of the many clubs we offer might be a good go for you. And if you’re wanting to keep up with what’s happening on campus, then you can grab a Debate magazine, which is published by AUTSA. On top of all of this, our events team are the folks behind all the O-Week festivities and they’re generally on the lookout for volunteers! This year, we’re doing things a bit differently. A boost in funding from AUT means we’ve got more staff and we’ll be offering more services; so, get in touch – there’s tons of opportunity with us.


AUTSA: what we do Representation



Every year, you get the chance to vote for a Student Representative Council – a group of AUT students elected by their peers to represent the student voice on campus. The SRC President can be contacted at autsa.president@aut.ac.nz

AUTSA puts on some of the best events in town, designed with busy students in mind. Give your bank account a holiday and head along to one of our free feeds, or assemble your squad for a big night out at one of our oncampus gigs. If you have any ideas for events, email autsa@aut.ac.nz

AUTSA’s advocacy team can help provide support, advice and advocacy. If you’ve been accused of plagiarism, cheating or just need some general advice, then the team may be able to help. To get in contact, email advocacy@aut.ac.nz




Debate magazine is AUT’s student magazine all about student voice. The magazine is always on the hunt for new writers on a broad range of topics. You can email Debate at debate@aut.ac.nz

AUTSA offers tons of clubs which you can join at any point during the year! For more info, you can email clubs@aut.ac.nz

Located in the Hikuwai Plaza at AUT’s City Campus, Vesbar is the place to be for all AUT students. The Vesbar manager can be contacted at autsa@aut.ac.nz




How do I study abroad?

Where can I get mental health support?

AUT students have the opportunity to complete a semester or two at one of AUT’s partner universities as an international student exchange. To find out more, contact: aut.student.exchange@aut.ac.nz For overseas internships – contact AUT Internz.

Counselling and mental health support is available from AUT Student Counselling & Mental Health. To make an appointment, ph 09 921 9292, or call in to SC&MH reception in WB.

How can I get a job?

Try checking out Student Job Search, www.sjs.co.nz or Seek, www.seek.co.nz. Where is City/North/South campus? City Campus: 55 Wellesley St E, Auckland CBD North Campus: 90 Akoranga Dr, Northcote, Auckland South Campus: 640 Great South Rd, Manukau,

City Campus: WB203 North Campus: AX level 1 South Campus: MB107 A&B

Urgent mental health support is also available at the Student Medical Centre.


City Campus: WB219 North Campus: AX level 1 South Campus: MB109

Where can I find shuttle tickets for the other campuses? City Campus: University Bookshop (WC122), City

Puawaitanga: counselling and mental health support, ph 0800 782 999. This is available 9am-9pm, 7 days a week.

Gym Reception (Level 1 WC Building) North Campus: University Bookshop (AB101), North Shore Gym Reception (AH Building) South Campus: Sport & Fitness Centre (MD104)

1737: counselling and mental health support, txt or call 1737, available 24/7.

I’ve lost something, where will it have been taken?

Where is the university doctor? City Campus: WB Building Level 2 North Campus: AX Building South Campus: MB Building (nurse only)

To claim lost property, you will need to provide a reasonable description of the item, the serial number or details of an engraving on the item to claim it. Visit the Security Office or Estates Helpdesk on your respective campus to enquire about lost property. City Campus: WO North Campus: AT South Campus: MF

I need to make an urgent appointment with the AUTSA advocacy team.

Send the team an email as soon as you can and they will get in touch within 24 hours. Contact: advocacy@aut.ac.nz. Appointments cannot be made at AUTSA reception.


join an AUTSA club At AUTSA, we reckon your university experience is about much more than grades, certificates and qualifications. The people you meet along your university journey and the opportunities that arise can open up a whole new world. There are a whole host of clubs and societies at AUTSA that you can join to meet like-minded people and open yourself to new experiences. Whether it’s through dance, hiking, photography or cultural clubs, there will definitely be a space for you. In 2019, our clubs organised beach clean-ups, won dance competitions, coordinated balls, held dinners and a whole lot more. If you’re keen to start your own club through AUTSA, then you’ll receive a decent amount of financial aid and you’ll be able to book rooms around the university to host the members of your respective club. Joining or starting your own club is a great way to meet like-minded people and make lifelong pals outside the classroom. You can find out more about our clubs via our website, or follow us on Facebook @autsaclubs, or email us at clubs@aut.ac.nz


getting off the couch Shh, don’t tell anyone, but Queen Street isn’t the be all and end all of Auckland life. Give your body some overdue Vitamin D - it’s time to leave the flat and do some dora-the-exploring

Devonport Cost: $15 return It’s summer – fish and chips are a staple. Spend the day in Devonport for some fresh air and a dip at the beach. Don’t forget to pack your speedos; although relaxation is ideal, public nudity isn’t.

Hunua Falls Cost: Free Swap the view of your mouldy shower for some Kiwi nature and waterfalls. At under an hour from Auckland City, Hunua Falls is an ideal weekend getaway for all you active kids.

Maungakiekie Cost: Free Grab the number 30 bus from the CBD and head out to Cornwall Park. The walk up to One Tree Hill isn’t exclusively for the fitness gurus and you can enjoy frolicking with the sheep and devouring ice cream from the park’s cafe while you’re at it.

Auckland Museum Cost: Free with proof of address For the price of sweet-nothing you can take a duck for a stroll around the Auckland Domain’s greenery and then admire the Auckland Museum afterwards.

Academy Cinemas Cost: $5 Smack bang in the CBD, this little cinema is hidden under the Auckland Library – with $5 movies on Wednesdays. Hoon down a Number One pancake from across the road and head to the flicks for all your cheap-ass Tinder dates. Rangitoto Island Cost: $39 return Slap on the activewear and hop on the ferry over to Rangitoto. Note: The island isn’t one of those fancy retreats with cafes and dogs licking everyone’s ice creams – so pack your snacks and a Super Pump. Wander up the volcano to see killer views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.

Takapuna Beach Cost: A bottle of sunblock Give your mate a fiver for gas and head over to the North Shore. Takapuna beach is perfect for roasting your body to lobster-level and wandering around the shops for aloe vera afterwards. Clevedon Farmers Market Cost: Free On a Sunday when you can actually make it out of bed before 1pm, take a trip south to Clevedon. There’s stalls-on-stalls of options to grab some of your 7+ a day, as well as some good snacks like a classic bacon butty to make the trip worthwhile.


new tenancy checklist Do you have a contract?

A written contract is an important part of making sure that you’re protected, knowing how much you’re paying and what your rights and responsibilities are. It can be tempting to just stick with a spoken agreement, but this is not recommended.

that you pay the rent on time. This also includes things like keeping the property clean and tidy, replacing smoke alarm batteries and making sure that the landlord is aware of any damage or maintenance issues. A full list of rights and responsibilities for tenants and landlords can be found on the Tenancy Services website, tenancy.govt.nz

What kind of contract do you have?

If you want to have all the protections of a tenant, then you need to make sure it’s a Tenancy Contract. A flatmate agreement is not the same as a tenancy. Make sure you’re clear on what you’re signing! Ensure you figure out if you’re in a service, boarding house, or fixed term/periodic tenancy, because they’re slightly different.

What can I do if I have a problem with my landlord?

What are my responsibilities?

the recommended first step for resolving disputes. You may also be able to reach an agreement over email or in writing.

As a tenant, you have a few responsibilities that you need to keep on top of. One of these is making sure

If you have an existing tenancy agreement with your landlord, there are a few routes to take to resolve a dispute: 1. Discussing the problem directly with your landlord: Intimidating? Definitely – but it’s usually


2. FastTrack Resolution: This is more a follow-up

to option 1, since it’s a great way to formalise agreements you’ve made with your landlord! You can find out more on the tenancy.govt website.

and responsibilities, you don’t always have to take their word for it! Tenancy Services supply the AUTSA advocacy department with a booklet with a full list of these rights and responsibilities.

3.Mediation: This involves a mediator from Tenancy

• Do I need a lawyer?

Services helping to resolve an issue. This is a really useful option if agreements break down or if you don’t feel able to resolve a problem between yourself and the landlord. Mediation can be over the phone or in person. It costs around $20 to set up.

The Tenancy Tribunal doesn’t usually involve lawyers, so you don’t need to break the bank and get legal advice. The information is made available to the public for a very good reason, but Advocacy can help clarify anything that you’re not sure about.

4. Tenancy Tribunal Hearing: This is the final step

• How can Advocacy help?

if mediation is unsuccessful. It is run by an adjudicator and is a very evidence-based process. Please feel free to come in and see the Advocacy Team if you’re considering a Tenancy Tribunal hearing, as it can be a very formal process and quite difficult to navigate if you’re new in the country.

We’re not lawyers and can’t offer legal advice, but we will be running tenancy workshops over the course of 2020 and can clarify any questions you may have. Feel free to book an appointment with us if you need support in a tenancy dispute, want to clarify your rights and responsibilities (or something the landlord has told you), or even just need someone on your side. If you and your landlord are going to the Tenancy Tribunal, we can help provide support. Drop us an email at advocacy@aut.ac.nz

• What do I do if the landlord demands something of me?

If you’re not sure about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, or not sure about your landlord’s rights

None of the following should be taken as legal advice– it can be considered as guidance based on information from the Tenancy Services website, correct at the time of writing.

AUT services you (maybe) never knew existed Wiser

Doctor and Medical Services

Wiser at AUT is a welcoming, intimate space designed for conversation, connection and reflection on the ups and downs of being human. There’s a regular programme of talks, workshops, rituals and social events to explore how you can develop better self-knowledge and a greater sense of purpose and meaning in your life.

AUT has medical centres for students at the City and North campuses. These are staffed by doctors and nurses who provide a range of medical services. South Campus offers nursing services only. Routine appointments are free for domestic students who enrol with the centre as their main healthcare provider.

Student Hub Financial Aid

Employability lab

If you’re having financial difficulty while studying at AUT, Student Hub might be able to provide financial assistance to support you through your studies. This may include food and transport vouchers or assistance with outstanding bills. You will need to demonstrate financial barriers, which may affect your ability to continue in your programme of study.

The AUT Employability and Careers team can help you consider your career options and develop the skills you need to stand out to employers and become a highly employable graduate. You can also find an online centre, ‘Employability Lab Online’, where students and graduates can make appointments, book to attend events, look for jobs and access online resources to help with CVs, job searches and interview techniques.


where to eat

City Campus The Counter


Welcome to the best part of the business building. Not only are there no expectations to show up by 9am, there’s also a menu to satisfy even the pickiest eater. Eggs benes to cabinet slices, burgers on the cheap to takeaway coffee – these guys have everything under one sexy and central roof.

So those people lined up like little sheep in WG were right – Newsfeed is actually amazing. You may have heard through the grapevine about the DIY sandwiches and salads here and both are worthy of the $6.50 petty change you’ve got flying around in your denim jacket pocket. Choose from a variety of leafy greens, veggies, cheeses, sauces and meat (roast chicken is a winner). Bring your own fork and bowl to save some cents.

Number One Pancake Meet Lorne Street, your new best friend. Lorne Street is one wait at the crossing away from uni and will have

Standing Room

you tossing up between which takeaway is not going to break the bank next. If you find yourself at Number One Pancake, try a potato and cheese. (For you uncultured people, these are Korean filled pancakes.) You can also grab a sweet option if that’s more your style from the little bit dodgy but seemingly harmless place next door.

Standing Room is a great little spot super close to campus. It’s got a yummy selection of offerings and a chilled-out clientele. Try the breakfast specials (if you’re up early enough). If you miss the breakfast rush, then one of their burritos should do the trick. You can find Standing Room tucked away on Symonds Street beside St Pierre’s.


North Campus

South Campus



Convenience at its finest. Slide into Bengusto for a coffee and a slice you’ll want to eat fast before your friends ask to share it. Whether your class was cancelled, below average, or you didn’t change your clock for daylight savings, it’s a great place to grab a study break and a banger of a cabinet snack.

Are you missing Mum’s comfort food? Can you only cook mi goreng and buttered toast? Why not tuck in at KaiFe? KaiFe on the South Campus is in the MD building and is the perfect place to get your Sunday roast every weekday for dirt cheap pricing. Come in early for a cooked brekky and you’ll find hash browns, eggs, bacon and all the goodies that

Little Wonder

sound 20 times better than that crushed belvita biscuit in your bag.

If you can manage to pick yourself and your meaty laptop up for a five-minute walk off campus, then Little Wonder will do you just fine. Get some different scenery away from that life-sucking place they call the library and grab a bacon and egg McMuffin for one hand and a large coffee for the other.

The Glasshouse Cafe It doesn’t get any more North Shore than this. Natural light, plants galore and speciality lattes. If you’re feeling like a little lunch date with the people you moan about your average grades with, then this is the place to go. It’s just $10 if you’re after some protein gains on seeds (eggs on toast) and there’s also a colourful selection of smoothies, teas and coffees to fuel your decaying brain over the exam period.

Food Junction Haul your bags a whole 60-second walk across the road to the Food Junction. I know you paramedics have a lot of textbooks and placements to get through, but take some time out for a good Thai summer roll or noodle soup and your grades will go through the roof.* *Grade increase not guaranteed

Urban Soul Cafe If you like diving into an eggs benedict and a caramel shot in your latte, then heeeeello there Urban Soul Cafe. If you’re already 90% through your StudyLink allowance for the week and your bank account is feeling delicate, opt for a quick cabinet snack. Don’t want a cabinet snack? Well maybe you should have thought about that before you left the house without lunch.


fry day $5.00 fries + beer (or soft drink) Vesbar reserve the right to remove/amend offer at any time. Subject to availability. Licensing laws, and responsible retail of alcohol apply. Voucher has no cash redemption value, and cannot be exchanged for cash in full or part. Vouchers expire 8th November 2020. Limited to one voucher per transaction.


pour decisions Purchase a glass of wine get another free Vesbar reserve the right to remove/amend offer at any time. Subject to availability. Licensing laws, and responsible retail of alcohol apply. Voucher has no cash redemption value, and cannot be exchanged for cash in full or part. Vouchers expire 8th November 2020. Limited to one voucher per transaction.



it’s ya bday

a cider -wedges

Free birthday shot or mocktail (proof of birthday required)

Purchase a jug of Cider, Pilsner or Tiger and get a free wedges

Vesbar reserve the right to remove/amend offer at any time. Subject to availability. Licensing laws, and responsible retail of alcohol apply. Voucher has no cash redemption value, and cannot be exchanged for cash in full or part. Vouchers expire 8th November 2020. Limited to one voucher per transaction.

Vesbar reserve the right to remove/amend offer at any time. Subject to availability. Licensing laws, and responsible retail of alcohol apply. Voucher has no cash redemption value, and cannot be exchanged for cash in full or part. Vouchers expire 8th November 2020. Limited to one voucher per transaction.


student representative council at AUT At AUTSA, there’s someone you can talk to for almost every problem. Got a complaint about a course? Unhappy with a part of campus? Want to give your opinion to the university but don’t know where to begin? The SRC are here to help. The Student Representative Council (or SRC for short) are students, just like you, who have campaigned and been elected to represent your voice to AUT. The council has a President and a Vice President and each member represents a different aspect of our students’ identity: we have a rep for each faculty, a rep for each campus, a rep for Maori, Pasifika, International, Postgraduate, Rainbow and mature students, as well as reps for both diversity and disabilities. If you have a question, issue or just need to talk to someone about life here at AUT, you can reach

out to any of the student reps through email. You can also come along to one of the fortnightly meetings. Any student is welcome to attend! The SRC exists to make your experience at AUT better. They organise events and initiatives, hold open discussion forums (called subcommittees), for students to collaborate on super cool stuff and collect your feedback to make sure the university hears what you have to say. Don’t be shy! They’d love to hear from you. Want to get in contact with an SRC member? Flick them an email! Student President: autsa.president@autsa.ac.nz Vice President: vicepresident@aut.ac.nz


take what you need, leave what you can AUTSA’s Foodie Godmother pantry was born out of a desire to help our students who need help. You can find Foodie across all three campuses, located in the AUTSA space.

You’ve got your goodies and are good to go. The form is teeny tiny and will simply ask you what you’re taking, what your student ID number is and what your email address is.

At Foodie, you’ll be able to find a range of canned food, dry goods and personal hygiene products. Here at AUTSA, we’re committed to promoting community empowerment and supporting the pantry will only help to grow that sense of community across the university.

Where to find Foodie Godmother:

There’s no judgement when it comes to Foodie. All you have to do is come to one of our offices, take what you need and with just a quick swish and flick of your pen, pouf!

South (AUTSA Office) ME109

City (AUTSA Office) WC Bldg, Level 2 North (AUTSA Office) AS Bldg, Room 133


AUT maps


south campus 640 GREAT SOUTH ROAD, MANUKAU 2025

north campus 90 AKORANGA DRIVE, NORTHCOTE 0627


use the library

Whether you’re a seasoned library user or a complete newbie, the AUT Library is YOUR place to study.

The Library has plenty of resources to help you be successful while you’re at AUT. Confused about how to structure your assignment? We can help. Not sure where to find resources for your subject? We can help with that too. The Library is more than just a place to do silent study (although we’re perfect for that too). Here, you can also find: • Articles and books for your assignments • Useful online guides & videos for assignments, referencing & more • Writing advice • Tips on where to find resources for your subject • A cool makerspace (City Campus) • In-depth workshops

4 steps to Library Mastery: 1. Take a Library tour at the City, North or South Campus Libraries 2. Book into a Library workshop 3. Visit www.library.aut.ac.nz – This is where you’ll find most of our guides, workshops and resources 4. Follow the AUT Library on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram Your first couple of weeks at AUT is the perfect time to get to know your Library. Have a question? Ask us through our live Library chat on the website.


advice for international students Attend all networking events – You might want to try Talent Solutions, Global Talent Showcase and AUT’s Employability Lab. These places all have a good understanding of the NZ job market and can help you on your way.

Volunteering around Auckland – If you’ve got time, volunteering is not only good for your CV but it’s yet another way to meet people in the community. Here’s a few places you might want to try: Auckland Hospital, AUTSA, Red Cross Society & AUT Ambassadors.

LinkedIn youth events – These are full of students looking to catch up with other like-minded people.

New Zealand International Students’ Association – The NZISA have been doing great work lately, including a successful push for longer post-study work visas. Make sure to follow them on their social channels and look out for the dates of upcoming meetings.

AUTSA clubs – clubs are an awesome way to meet people from AUT. Honourable mentions include: Future Proofers AUT, AUT Toastmasters Club, AUT HERC and UN Youth. Attend orientation – Orientation is really important and is a great opportunity to get a proper tour of the university. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet your peers. There’ll be a lot of info covered in a short space of time, but it’s worth it. AUTSA Involvement – Come along to a Student Council meeting and meet your International Affairs Officer. This person will be full of information for you and can also approach AUT with any concerns you might have.

AUT Edge Award – The AUT Edge Award is an extracurricular programme that encourages students to develop their employability skills through extensive volunteering, leadership and challenge and employability workshops. Great for when potential employers ask you for recent achievements! Working in Auckland – If you’re planning on working while you study, make sure to read up on your working rights on the Immigration NZ website. Always ask for a contract.


mental health support Counselling and mental health support is available from Student Counselling & Mental Health.To make an appointment, ph 09 921 9292, or call in to SC&MH reception in WB. City Campus: WB 203 North Campus: AX level 1 South Campus: MB 107 A&B Urgent mental health support is also available at the Student Medical Centre. City Campus: WB219 North Campus: AX level 1 South Campus: MB109 PuÄ waitanga: counselling and mental health support, ph 0800 782 999. This is available 9am-9pm, 7 days a week. 1737: counselling and mental health support, txt or call 1737, available 24/7. Outline: (Rainbow support): 0800 688 5463 Youthline: 0800 376633 txt 234


important dates

These dates were valid at the time of publication of this guide. Keep an eye on www.aut.ac.nz for any changes. Ask your faculty or school if you have questions regarding your course dates.

semester one February 24

First day of classes

April 10 – 14

Easter break

April 15 - 24

Mid-semester break (no classes)

June 2 - 19

Exam weeks

June 19

Last day of semester

semester two July 13

First day of classes

August 31 - September 11

Mid-semester break (no classes)

October 19 - November 6

Exam weeks

November 6

Last day of semester


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