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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 one of Āniwaniwa Alliance's founding members, 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


  • William Fitzgerald, Digital Producer
  • Hazel Whitley, Academic Staff Member, Centre for Languages
  • Lisa Fox, Timetable Analyst
  • Maluseu Monise, Kaiarahi Pacific
  • Anna Tashkoff, Pukenga Reo 
  • Kelsey Landa, Academic Administrator

Nau mai, haere mai

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

Events and activities

We hold a range of events and activities throughout the year for you to come and connect with others in a safe, welcoming environment.

Network lunch breaks
These sessions are every Monday from 12pm-1pm. Find us in the City Campus Hub by the Te Kete Manaaki drop-in sessions.

Social evenings
Social evenings are held on the last Friday of each month. Find times and locations on our Facebook group, Newsletter and awareness walls.

Drop-in office

You can find our Āniwaniwa Rainbow Coordinator, Hazel Whitley, at our City Campus on Monday and Wednesday afternoons in Room GG.47, with Te Kete Manaaki inside the Hub. 

Event updates
Head to our Facebook group to get up-to-date event details or check out the Awareness Wall at your campus Hub. You can also check out the Student Event Calendar for upcoming events that may interest you.

Connect with us

We have a closed Facebook group for our rainbow community here. All members of the rainbow whānau are allies who are past and present students and staff at Wintec and we welcome you to join the group by clicking the button below.

Āniwaniwa Facebook page

You can also be one of the first to find out about news, information and events by signing up using the button below to receive our newsletter.

Newsletter updates

Contact details

To get in touch with the Āniwaniwa Alliance, please send us an email, Facebook message or drop-in to our office on Monday or Wednesday afternoons.

Location: Te Kete Manaaki, The Hub, City Campus

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