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The University recognises and celebrates the importance of whānau, and provides a comprehensive and inclusive Parental Leave Policy which aims to support all parents.

Subject to eligibility criteria, staff may apply for up to 52 weeks of unpaid parental leave, plus up to two weeks paid leave for partners.

The primary parent may also take up to twelve weeks of paid parental leave. The Policy is flexible and in the case of both parents working for the University, they may choose to share their leave entitlements as best suits their needs.

Information sessions

The HR Services team provide separate information sessions for prospective parents, and for Managers/Supervisers/Administrators, wanting to better understand the provisions and support available. The sessions are provided regularly on the Dunedin campus, and on request on the Christchurch and Wellington campuses.

Applying for Parental Leave

University entitlement

There are separate applications for the primary parent and for partners (where the partner is a University staff member).

Complete the Primary Parent Parental Leave form
Complete the Partner's Parental Leave form

Government entitlement

Staff may also be eligible for a government entitlement depending on their situation.

Tax Code: if you are unsure of your tax code, this can be found by logging into the Staff Web Kiosk.

Varied earnings: If your average hours or weekly earnings vary, you fill in a timesheet or for applications that require a statutory declaration of your average weekly earnings, please contact Human Resources on


If you are intending to share your Government Parental Leave with your partner/spouse, please complete the following

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