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Nationwide online survey of Rainbow / LGBTQIA+, intersex and takatāpui young people (aged 14-26) in Aotearoa

This research is led by Dr John Fenaughty at the University of Auckland working with other rainbow and takatāpui community groups and researchers, including Dr Jaimie Veale from the Counting Ourselves research team. The online survey will look at rainbow, takatāpui and intersex young people’s experiences at school, doing other education or training, at work, and within the community.

The research team would love your feedback on the draft survey questions and how to encourage a diverse range of young people to complete the survey when it’s online later this year. There are consultation hui in Whangarei (3 February), Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland (4 and 14 February), Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington /(10 February) and Ōtautahi / Christchurch (11 February).

It would be great to have lots of trans and non-binary young people, and other rainbow , takatāpui and intersex people aged 14-26, at these hui. Teachers, policymakers, researchers, union members, community groups and others working on youth education, training, employment, and community connectedness are warmly invited to attend too. The full details are copied below. Please RSVP to

Whangarei: Monday 3 February. Two sessions: 1.30-3pm and 4-5.30pm.
Rooms 6WC-106 and 6WC-101 at Te Tai Tokerau campus (University of Auckland), 13 Alexander St, Whangarei

Central Auckland: Tuesday 4 February (Note: two different venues). Session 1: 1.30-3pm, Room 6EN-613 at the Epsom campus (University of Auckland) 74 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland. Session 2: 4.30-6pm, Rainbow Youth, 10 Abbey Street, Auckland CBD  

Wellington: Monday 10 February Two sessions: 1.30-3pm and 4-5.30pm.
SU217 (Student Union Building), Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Parade, Wellington

Christchurch: Tuesday 11 February. Two sessions: 1.30-3pm and 4-5.30pm. Activity room and TSB Space, at Tūranga (Christchurch City Library) ,
60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central

South Auckland: Friday 14 February. One session:4 – 5.30pm.
Manukau Institute of Technology Pasifika Community Centre,
Gate 13, Alexander Crescent, Otara , Auckland

The survey has been funded by the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. The research team includes: 

  • Dr John Fenaughty (Principal Investigator – University of Auckland) 
  • Frances Arnes (Co-Investigator – Rainbow Youth)
  • Dr Mohamed Alasari (Co-Investigator – NZCER)
  • Tabby Besley (Co-Investigator – InsideOUT)
  • Dr Elizabeth Kerekere (Co-Investigator – Tīwhanawhana Trust)
  • Dr Peter Saxton (Co-Investigator – University of Auckland)
  • Dr Patrick Thomsen (Co-Investigator – University of Auckland)
  • Dr Jaimie Veale (Co-Investigator – University of Waikato)
  • Alex Ker (Research Assistant)
  • Jack Byrne (Research Assistant)