Rainbow learner support

We're committed to the safety, visibility and inclusion of rainbow learners and kaimahi (staff). 

Nau mai, haere mai, a warm welcome to you, and deep respect for your unique identity. Regardless of your gender, orientation, race, or ability, you are welcome and belong here.

We have taken the Pride Pledge. This means we are committed to the safety, visibility, and inclusion of rainbow staff and learners. We understand that a safe and inclusive learning environment contributes to your learning success, and we are here to support you every step of the way on your study journey.

Learn more about the Pride Pledge NZ

Rainbow definitions are ever evolving, but language can be useful to describe ourselves to one another. Check the Pride Pledge to see more information on definitions.

Rainbow definitions - Pride Pledge NZ


Illustration showing the different flags of the rainbow community


Your wellbeing

Embracing your rainbow identify can have many positive impacts on your wellbeing. It might mean you have:

  • increased confidence
  • improved relationships with your friends and family
  • a sense of community and belonging
  • the freedom of self-expression and self-acceptance
  • increased resilience.

It can also come with challenges, and some can experience issues with mental health. If you need support with your mental health we have two free counselling services available for you to use when you study with us. 

Find out more about how to access free counselling services

You can also check our Wellbeing section for simple, effective tips and ideas to strengthen your health and wellbeing. 

Go to the Wellbeing section


Rainbow support


Outline is an all-ages rainbow mental health organisation that provides support to the rainbow community, their friends, whanau and those who are questioning. You can talk to a member of the rainbow community who is trained to listen and answer your questions. 

  • OutLine
  •  0800 688 5463 from 6 to 9pm every day.


Rainbow resources and information 

Gender Minorities Aotearoa

Gender Minorities Aotearoa offers information, advocacy, and wraparound support for transgender people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. They are run by and for transgender people, including non-binary, intersex, and takatāpui gender-diverse people. Explore the Gender Minorities Aotearoa website Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand

Gender Minorities Aotearoa

Naming New Zealand

Resources to help transgender, gender-diverse and intersex youth update their identity documents to correctly reflect their sex and gender. Visit the Naming New Zealand website

Naming New Zealand

Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand documentary

This documentary explores the stories of those who fought for and won significant change, and to hear about their impact today.

Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand: A Documentary Short Film | NZ Parliament