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We welcome everyone at Massey and don't accept discrimination, intolerance and harassment against any communities.
Our diversity and inclusion policies are designed to make sure Massey is a safe, respectful and welcoming place for rainbow students – whether you are open about your identity or not.
The term ‘rainbow’ is often used for people who are LGBTTIQA+, which includes those who are:
- gay or homosexual
- queer or questioning
- gender- and sexually diverse.
The + means that there are more identities within this community than the letters indicate.
Inspired by the rainbow flag first flown during the gay liberation movement of the 1970s, the rainbow symbolises diversity. People within the rainbow community are gender- and sexual-diverse. They may have any:
- sexual orientation
- gender identity
- gender expression
- sex characteristics.
Support and community
Some students are exploring their identities for the first time at uni. If you feel unsure about your identity or are getting unhelpful reactions or abuse when finding new ways to express who you are, it can help to talk to other people with similar experiences.
Your campus student association, rainbow student clubs and other groups can help directly with support and advocacy. Or they can put you in touch with local organisations that know about rainbow-friendly accommodation, health care and other services.
Student associations are independent of the university and are run by students for students. Get in touch for free and confidential support or help with a diversity issue.
Professional student or welfare advocates offer practical advice and support in any area that affects your welfare and wellbeing. This includes harassment and discrimination on campus from staff or other students.
You can join student-run rainbow clubs that offer friendship, support and safe spaces to share experiences. Keep an eye out for rainbow events and meetings on your campus. Request to join a private Facebook group or find your student club on campus.
Facebook: Massey Pride
Manawatū campus: UniQ
Facebook: Massey UniQ Palmerston North
Facebook: Uni Q Massey Wellington
We have gender-neutral facilities on all Massey campuses. All gender-neutral toilets have:
- signs saying ‘Toilet / Wharepaku’
- one stall or room with a lockable door.
- Library, level 2, room 30
- Mathematical Sciences Building, level 2, room 27
- Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatres extension, College of Health, Level 3
- Building 80, ground level, room 6
- Level 1, room 30
Manawatū campus in Palmerston North
- Library: ground level, main stairwell next to the lift
- Student Centre: level 2, the same side as the students' association
- Wildbase: levels 2 and 3
- Geography: level 2
- Ecology: Orchard Road entrance
- Registry: outside the lobby
- Level C, room 2
- Level D, room 2a
- Level E, room 29
- Level F, room 2
- Level B, room 10
- Level C, room 9a
- Level G
SSG: Room 2
- Level C, room 4
Halls of residence
Safe and comfortable living spaces for all students is one of our priorities at Massey. Our halls of residence welcome students of all gender identities and sexual orientations. It doesn’t matter if you’re open about it or not.
Massey halls of residence usually have floors that are:
- all men
- all women
- mixed gender.
If you live on:
- an all-men or all-women floor, you share a room with students of the same gender
- a mixed-gender floor, you have your own room and share bathrooms with people of all genders.
Massey campuses may also offer apartments or studios that are single-gender or mixed gender.
If you’re transitioning gender, or thinking about it, we want to support you as much as we can.
As a transitioning student, you are welcome to update your student records or take some leave. You may want to talk with staff you're in contact with about changing your gender pronouns or your transition. For example, so a lecturer doesn't use the wrong name.
Studying while transitioning can be hard. We offer a free professional counselling service for students who may want it. See below for more.
University services and policies
Everyone at Massey needs to feel comfortable being themselves.
You have the right to live free of harassment and to be treated with dignity and respect. If you're harassed by anyone for being yourself, we'll support you.
Massey offers free professional counselling and mental health services to students. You can talk to registered counsellors about any thoughts, feelings and concerns, including identity and sexuality. Counselling is confidential and you decide what to share and with whom.
Massey University is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We welcome rainbow staff and have Rainbow Tick certification.
Massey offers rainbow training modules as part of our diversity and inclusion training for staff.
Visit the websites of these national diversity organisations for all kinds of friendship, fun, advocacy, support and practical help especially for rainbow students and young people.
Many of these national organisations have local centres you can visit in person and they list local organisations on their websites.
A charity working with queer, gender-diverse, takatāpui and intersex youth, their friends, whānau and wider communities. RainbowYOUTH provides services, resources and advocacy across the country for young people aged between 13 to 27. RainbowYOUTH runs the I'm Local project to support and connect queer and gender-diverse youth all over Aotearoa New Zealand.
Gender Minorities Aotearoa
Gender Minorities Aotearoa offers information, advocacy, and wraparound support for transgender people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. GMA is run by and for transgender people, including non-binary, intersex, and takatāpui gender-diverse people.
Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand
Intersex Youth Aotearoa is a campaign that runs alongside Intersex Trust Aotearoa NZ (ITANZ) to provide information, and connect and support intersex young people and their whānau.
Naming New Zealand
Resources to help transgender, gender-diverse and intersex youth update their identity documents to correctly reflect their sex and gender.
A free phone service for LGBTIQ+ people and friends. Talk to a member of the LGBTIQ+ community who’s trained to listen and answer your questions.
Call 0800 688 5463 from 6 to 9pm every day.
New Zealand AIDS Foundation
NZAF is working towards an Aotearoa with zero HIV transmissions where people living with or affected by HIV flourish. We offer free HIV testing.
We have nine student associations and more than 200 student-run clubs and interest groups.
Get free and confidential support with academic complaints or concerns, financial difficulties and tenancy issues.
You can get counselling support if you need help to work through and understand your problems.