Public and community

Our university is not just for students and staff—it’s for everyone. Find out how we work with the community and discover our public events and facilities.

Community partnerships

We work in partnership with many local organisations on projects that aim to improve the environment and the social and cultural life of the city and beyond.

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Arts and culture

Share in our vibrant culture of literary and fine arts. Members of the public are welcome at our many shows, performances, and exhibitions.

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Upcoming public events

  • Film and Video Censorship in New Zealand, 1976-1994

    Duncan Anderson’s seminar looks at the history of film and video censorship in New Zealand from the 1970s to the 1990s, and the example of John McNaughton’s “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” as a subject of censorship controversy.

  • Night Hub

    Transport yourself to the temples of Bali and courts of Java with this unique concert experience, featuring six international dancers from Indonesia and the New

  • Leading the world to Net Zero

    Oxford University's Professor Myles Allen on the opportunities and challenges of New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Act

Lifelong learning

Share in the knowledge—take a short course for fun or to develop your professional skills, attend a public lecture, complete one of our free online courses through edX, or make use of our Language Learning Centre to help you learn a language.

Learning opportunities
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Engaging with schools

We engage with schools in several ways including providing assistance with learning programmes and visiting schools to share information about study here.

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