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Resources for University staff and students

The information below about our reserves is intended for staff and students of The University of Auckland only, and resources can only be downloaded through an on-campus connection or a secure connection using the VPN client.

Reserve use

Staff and students of the University and partners are encouraged to make use of these ecological reserves for their research projects and teaching. The reserves are used for activities that enhance and maintain their inherent biodiversity and ecosystem values. The majority of the reserves are gifts from donors and represent a valuable legacy to The University in addition to being a vital research resource. As such the University provides continuity of care to these reserves acknowledging the generosity and intent of the donors and taking the stewardship seriously.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact about using the University Reserves for research or teaching?

Contact the Reserves Co-ordinator ( They will check or give you the contact details so you can check whether your research intentions will potentially impact on current site users or vice versa.

They can also advise of relevant literature, provide a Health and Safety Risk Assessment and Management form template, provide contact details of community contacts, and potentially assist with fieldwork or provide details of volunteers.

What other permissions are required before initiating a project on the University Reserves?

It is vital to complete a Health and Safety Risk Assessment and Management form before conducting fieldwork. Depending on the nature of your teaching or research you may also require University Animal Ethics or Department of Conservation permissions before any research or teaching is carried out.

What needs to be considered before entering the University Reserves for a site visit?

There are Trigene stations set up at all entrances to the University Reserves so that footwear, and any gear that may carry soil, can be cleaned before entering and leaving the reserves. This procedure is critically important to limit the movement of soil and soil-borne plant diseases such as kauri die-back.

For more information on kauri die-back visit the Auckland Council website.

If you have further questions about The University of Auckland Reserves please contact the Reserves Co-ordinator (

Research profile

Cultural Database Project

"The research I did occurred over a two month period of Oratia and Huapai reserve. The purpose of this research was to survey what plant species were present at each reserve and create a database with each of the plants listed and what Māori traditionally used these plants for. The database I originally produced was a starting point so that it could be built on over time and that the matauranga (knowledge) can be used by local iwi so that the tangata whenua can utilise the natural resources in the forest."

Jennifer Green, Summer Research Student

Summer Research Student, Jennifer Green
Jennifer Green