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equity_parentsThe university recognises and celebrates the importance of whānau, and may be able to provide services and benefits to parents such as:

  • Paid parental leave
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Childcare facilities
  • Car parks for new parents

Policies and information

Our Parental Leave Policy is your first stop for detailed information on parental leave provisions and conditions. You can also attend a Parental Leave seminar run by Human Resources to find out more about how parental leave works and what you may be entitled to.

View the Parental Leave Policy
Book onto a Parental Leave Seminar
Find out about Flexible Working Arrangements

Services for parents

Otago University Childcare Association

The Otago University Childcare Association provides quality childcare for the children of Otago staff and students.

Find out more about the Otago University Childcare Association


The University caters for new parents wherever possible, including providing car parks for new parents, and ensuring there are baby change tables around campus.

Go to the new parent parking procedure and application form
Download/view a list of baby change tables around campus (PDF)


The University provides breaks for employees who wish to breastfeed as far as is reasonable and practicable in the circumstances. These breaks are unpaid unless otherwise agreed. Ask your manager to arrange appropriate facilities (i.e. private room). A fridge for storing milk can be borrowed from the Health and Safety Office.

View the Employment New Zealand 'Breastfeeding at work' guidelines.

Key contacts

Denise Lindsay
Head of Organisational Development

+64 3 479 5431

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