The Institute is regularly mentioned in the media. A selection of articles is listed below:
How to move beyond simplistic debates that demonise Islam
In her recent opinion piece, University Director of Diversity, Professor Edwina Pio, recommends three diversity initiatives as tools for reducing Islamophobia: (1) Emphasising positive counter narratives; (2) Creating compassionate disruptors; and (3) Highlighting social cohesion.
Is corporate social responsibility a new area of competitive advantage?
Leading figures from the business community came together at an American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and United Way breakfast hosted by AUT Business School to discuss corporate philanthropy and societal responsibility as a way of delivering improved commercial, social and environmental outcomes. AUT's Head of International Business, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor Simon Mowatt, commented on such social contributions.
Discarded Hindu religious statues at Auckland beaches raise concern
Statues of Hindu gods, goddesses and deities are being discarded at Auckland beaches as part of a religious practice. Director of Diversity, Professor Edwina Pio, said usually after a religious festival or celebration statues are 'released' into the sea or lakes.
What if your weekend started this morning?
In an interview by Newshub Nation, Professor Jarrod Haar explains that New Zealanders "are not productive all the time". If we give people the incentive to focus and produce their normal work within four days, with the reward being a fifth day off, then we can achieve the same productivity but with improved mental health outcomes.
Michelin-star Indian chef and Chinese fine dining, but can Kiwis look beyond butter chicken and fried won tons?
Two new Asian eateries have opened in Auckland with offerings of modern Indian cuisine and cocktails. AUT Director of Diversity, Professor Edwina Pio, said New Zealanders have a "colonial hangover", thinking that fine dining belonged exclusively to Europeans.
Work-life balance: 'An issue that's time has come'
Due to the success of Perpetual Guardian's four-day working week, a tool kit for implementing the policy has now been released. Professor Jarrod Haar, who analysed the original trial, said having a four-day working week increases trust in management and across teams because people rely upon each other to get work done.
Struggle is real with the holiday juggle
A study by AUT's Jarrod Haar and Candice Harris showed that school holidays clearly create pertinent issues for NZ parents. How can companies help? Potential solutions include enhanced flexibility during the school holiday weeks, provide holiday childcare or program subsidies, or give staff the ability to work remotely and/or part-time during the holiday weeks.
Transport's dirty little secret: The truckers breaking the law just to survive
AUT researcher Dr. Clare Tedestedt George recently completed her PhD thesis on occupational safety, health and well-being of truck drivers in New Zealand. George interviewed 45 industry participants, including 20 drivers, and results painted a grim picture of the 'cutthroat' industry.
Alarm as Kathmandu job hopefuls asked what medications they take
Kathmandu asks job hopefuls to list all prescription drugs or medication that they're on. Professor Jarrod Haar told the NZ Herald that it is understandable for employers to want to know about potential safety and performance issues, but as Shaun Robinson, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said, it is not okay to ask general questions about medical history that aren't directly relevant to the job.
Confessions of a sugar baby: The NZ women who accept gifts for dates
"Lifestyle choices and payment of university fees in an era of heightened competition in tandem with diminishing financial scholarships often catapult students into the outstretched arms of sugared relationships" Professor Edwina Pio told NZ Herald.