Tautoko represents a lifeline for AUT students in their hour of need; meaning to encourage, up-lift and support, Tautoko is an initiative that works towards assisting students facing hardship and help them throughout their journey here at AUT.
Firm believers in the fact that students are at the heart of what we do, our team here at Tautoko use our founding principles of mana, awhi, pono, and whakaute, to help guide and better assist those in need.
Tautoko offers relief in the form of vouchers and food, with plans to expand our offerings to reflect the needs of our students.
Forms and food
Tautoko's HQ can be found at the AUTSA City campus office (WC210). Here we offer a free food pantry that houses essential food items; this can be accessed by bringing your AUT student I.D. and speaking with our friendly reception staff.
Our North and South campuses also have access to Tautoko by using QR codes which lead to our financial aid application forms and food parcel access.
To be eligible to receive financial support from Tautoko, you must be a current AUT student and have a valid student I.D. as well as proof of enrolment.
All Day Breakfast Bar
Tautoko provides an all-day breakfast bar which is in the AUTSA Student Lounge (WC202) and is available for all to use. In this space we offer a variety of cereals, milks, spreads, and bread for students to use, as well as utilities for heating home meals, and a fridge to keep food cool.
Items are replenished daily, however there is a set limit per day for items such as milk and bread.
Noticed a problem in the ADBB? Let our reception team know by visiting the front desk of the AUTSA City office.
Projects & people
Tautoko has an active green-thumb project where we recruit the help of keen greens to plant and upkeep planter boxes located on the balcony of the AUTSA City campus office.
All food and few flowers, we aim to ensure that students have access to free, fresh vegetables and herbs year long.
Other projects we've been fortunate to take part in is the AUT Studio 55 Makerspace X Tautoko collaboration where we distributed over 150 sustainable mask-making kits to students during the 2020 lockdowns, with much more in store for 2021 onwards!
Getting in contact
Kindly donated goods can be dropped off at any of our AUTSA offices.
We gladly accept monetary sponsorship which goes towards replenishing food and vouchers, as well as supporting further Tautoko projects.