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Āniwaniwa Alliance – LGBTTQIA+ support

The Āniwaniwa Alliance is a group that supports our LGBTTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Takatāpui, queer, intersex, asexual, and other sexual or gender minorities) community at Wintec. 

Āniwaniwa is a te reo Māori word for ‘rainbow’. We aim to raise awareness around issues that our rainbow community face, to advocate and create visibility for our rainbow community, and to make Wintec a safe space for our rainbow whānau.

The Āniwaniwa Alliance educate staff on rainbow topics, advocate for LGBTTQIA+ staff through policy and internal practice reviews, collaborate with rainbow communities in Kirikiriroa, Hamilton and the Waikato, and facilitate events for staff and students.  Through collaboration with teams and individuals across Wintec, we influence positive change through building strong relationships and creating awareness and visibility.

Our logo was designed by Āniwaniwa Alliance co-chair Pablo Taylor. The heart is a universal symbol for love and care – a central tenet of our kaupapa. The different colours are derived from some of the flags of LGBTTQIA+ groups including the Pride flag, Trans flag and Pansexual flag. The black, brown and white colours that run down the centre of the heart symbolise a commitment to people of all races and ethnicities, especially ethnic minorities.

Meet our team

"Kia ora! We’re Sam and Pablo, co-chairs of the Wintec Āniwaniwa Alliance. The alliance is made up of queer staff and allies advocating for our LGBTTQIA+ kaimahi and tauira. Founded in early 2021, we work to build upon Wintec values and to respect everyone’s unique identity. We have a strong focus on elevating rainbow voices to make Wintec a safer space for rainbow people. We’re excited to meet you and to grow visibility for our rainbow communities here at Wintec. Regardless of your gender, orientation, race, or ability, you are welcome, and you belong here."


  • Samantha Symons, Team Leader – Trades, Co-Chair 
  • Pablo Taylor, Learning Management Coordinator and E-learning Designer, Co-Chair
  • William Fitzgerald, Digital Producer
  • Olivia Graves, International Marketing Advisor
  • Hazel Whitley, Academic Staff Member, Centre for Languages
  • Jason Ran, Academic Staff Member, Centre for Health and Social Practice 
  • Faith Wilson, Communications Advisor
  • Lisa Fox, Timetable Analyst
  • Perina Mucalo, Student Recruitment Representative 

Nau mai, haere mai

Click the play button below to meet some of our team members.

Contact us

To get in touch with the Āniwaniwa Alliance, please email

We also have a closed Facebook group for rainbow staff and students at Wintec. All members of the rainbow whānau and allies who are enrolled or work at Wintec are welcome to join: Āniwaniwa Facebook page.