Updating your name, gender, or pronouns
How to update your details in University systems, and how we can support you if you want to change your legal name or gender.
Update your details in Pūaha
Use the Pūaha student portal to update the preferred name, gender, and pronouns that the University holds for you in its systems.
Go to the 'My Profile' section (from the top right-hand icon), and select the 'Personal details' tab. The 'Edit personal details' link (bottom right-hand corner) will pop up a window. Remember to use the 'Update' button to save your changes.
Student ID cards
You can request a replacement student ID card that shows your new preferred or legal name. Email email@example.com, stating your student ID number, your date of birth (to confirm your identity), and your new name as you would like it to appear on the card.
Certificates and academic transcript
Your qualification certificate and academic transcript will be issued in your legal name because they are legal documents.
Your preferred name will be read out at your graduation ceremony. If you have not set a preferred name in Pūaha, your legal name will be used instead. If you have concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org—ideally several weeks before your ceremony.
If you legally change your name after receiving your certificate, you can pay to get a replacement copy of your certificate.
Changing your legal name or gender marker
What you can change depends on your residence status and where you were born:
- If you were born in New Zealand, have become a New Zealand citizen, or are entitled to live here indefinitely, you can legally change your name by deed poll. You'll find more information on website of the Department of Internal Affairs.
- If you were born in New Zealand, you can change the registered sex on your birth certificate.
- Anyone can change the gender marker on their New Zealand passport, but you should be aware that this may have implications for travel.
- If you became a New Zealand citizen after you were born, you can't change the gender marker on your citizenship certificate. You can however request an evidentiary certificate.
How we can support you
Pūtea Āwhina—Hardship fund can help with ‘costs associated with sexuality and gender identity for LGBTQIA+ students’. These costs can include the cost of legally changing your name, sex or gender marker, and supporting documentation.
Our Kaiārahi Kahukura—Rainbow and Inclusion Adviser can guide you through the legal name change process, and help you apply for funds from Pūtea Āwhina.
Updating your legal name change in the University's systems
If you have legally changed your name, visit the Enrolment help desk on level one of the Hunter Building (HU103) to update your name in the University's systems. You'll need to bring an original copy of your new birth or name change certificate.