Darren Powell, Lecturer at the Faculty of Education & Social Work and PhD candidate George Parker ask: Do ‘anti-obesity’ strategies do more harm than good?

Fat is a fairness issue

In Eunice’s own words, “I’m pretty sure I just went through my first dip.” She has some great advice for coping with the rollercoaster of uni life in this week’s featured First-Year Student Blog.

When you’re feeling lost... | The Inside Word at the University of Auckland

Highlights from the Great Waka Ama Race last Saturday at Takapuna Beach. Congratulations to all paddlers and especially to the winning team from the Faculty of Engineering, taking home the trophy for the second year in a row!
The Science team finished 2nd, closely followed by Law in 3rd place.

The Engineering crew won an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii to compete in the Queen Lili’uokalani...
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Our navigation fun run, Metrogaine is fast approaching! Don’t forget to register your team to win some amazing prizes including Nike gear, and more. This event is free to enter for all University of Auckland students and staff.

Metrogaine, Friday 31 March

Want to make a difference in the world? Get amongst it and Get Good Done!

The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is running a free social innovation programme for current students from all faculties during mid-semester break.
Meet like-minded people with a passion to create change globally and learn how you can be a change-maker. Applications close 10 April.

Get Good Done - Free two-week programme

How has our research impacted indigenous rights globally?
Watch how Associate Professor Claire Charters' research into indigenous peoples' rights has led to her appointment as an adviser to the President of the United Nations General Assembly.
Read about the fascinating, decades-spanning research at the University’s Liggins Institute, showing how steroid injections can dramatically increase premature babies' chance of survival.

A remarkable tale of New Zealand science

Photos of this year’s Rite of Passage Toga Party are up on What's On at the University of Auckland.
2,000 first-year students donned their togas to start University in style at our Rite of Passage Toga Party!
Welcome to our first-year student blogs for 2017! This week, read about Tate’s experience during Orientation Week and how she found moving up to Auckland from Tauranga.

O Wow, O Week! | The Inside Word at the University of Auckland

Remember, today is the last day to add or drop courses and to receive a refund of fees for courses you delete.
Head to to make changes to your enrolment or follow the link below for more information and instructions.

Changing your enrolment

Applications for the University of Auckland International Student Scholarships are now open! Apply before 1 May if you’re thinking about studying here in Semester Two 2017. Find out more and apply on our website.

University of Auckland International Student Scholarships

We’re hosting our first-ever block party, tomorrow Friday in John Hood Plaza! Come along between 11.30am and 2pm and chill out with live music, a sausage sizzle (with vegetarian and dairy-free options), some giant games and bean bags. Make sure you come early so you don’t miss out on the free sausages!
Do you want to learn different techniques of self-defence and methods of protection?
Women’s Self Defence training is an eight-week programme starting Tuesday 4 April. You will learn close quarters combat, street and ground fighting techniques, as well as awareness, avoidance and de-escalation skills. Head to our website to register, or check out the other small group training options available.

Women's Self Defence - Small group training programmes

Could capsules with gut bugs be a treatment for obesity? Researchers at the Liggins Institute think so. They’re taking gut bugs from healthy, fit people and giving them to overweight teenagers to help them lose weight. It’s a simple, safe and easy treatment as explained on TV3’s The Project NZ. To find out more about the trial, go to: [ Auckland.ac.nz Link ].
The University of Auckland’s 6th annual Great Waka Ama Race is fast approaching! Come out and support the teams compete to win an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii to race in the Queen Lili’uokalani Memorial race, the largest long-distance outrigger canoe race in the world. The Elite race will start at 10am on Saturday 18 March at Takapuna Beach and will be a fun filled day for all students,...
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The Great Waka Ama Race

Are you still finalising your course selection for this semester?
The deadline for adding or deleting courses with a refund of fees is this Friday 17 March.

Changing your enrolment

Ever had an idea and unsure where to go? Velocity has the solution! Join us as Velocity officially launches the 2017 programme together with guest speaker Tim Norton from 90 Seconds. Wednesday 22 March 6pm at the Owen G Glenn Building Foyer. RSVP now via the link below.

Velocity Launch 2017 RSVP

Check out a range of charities at the Volunteer Expo tomorrow! 11.30am – 2pm in the Quad. Find out more at .

Volunteer Hub

Study in New Zealand at one of the world’s top 100 universities. Meet our staff in Viet Nam this month to discuss study options, scholarship opportunities and what it’s like to live in Auckland.

Meet us in Viet Nam