About Ia

Ia is Auckland University of Technology’s Centre for Rainbow Research Excellence. Ia is an inclusive, genderless Māori pronoun that can also mean a current or flow.

Ia is proud. Ia is accessible, and Ia supports growth. Our purpose is incapsulated in the whakataukī gifted to the project by our Ia Matua, Dr Robert Pouwhare:

…kia tipu matomato
kia tipu rearea…

…to grow prolifically
to spring up as fresh growth - and to be stunning…

Rainbow research at AUT flows outwards, contributing to the lifeblood of our communities.