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News and media stories relating to Shifting the Line

White Ribbon Day: Researchers shifting line on harmful masculinity

Jodi Yeats, University of Auckland, 24 November 2021

"White Ribbon Day 25 November is particularly poignant for Aotearoa which has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the OECD"

New research on engaging boys and young men in sexual violence prevention.

NZFVC, 05 July 2021

"New research asked boys and young men about online sexual harassment and sexualised abuse against girls and young women, and how to prevent it in Aotearoa New Zealand."

Sexual harassment hits multi generations, with assaults also in primary schools

Nadine Porter, Stuff, July 03 2021

"Sexual harassment and assaults of female secondary students were thrust into the national focus this week when a Christchurch school survey revealed many young women have been harassed."

Beneath the surface of sexual violence

Melanie Beres, Newsroom, 02 July 2021

"If we want to reduce Aotearoa’s sexual violence rates, we need to shift our focus from solely teaching young people about consent and instead work to dismantle harmful gender norms that have trapped our youth for generations"

Ready, Steady, Learn! w/ Dr Kris Taylor

Breakfast, bFM, June 29, 2021

"Dr Kris Taylor talks about his research regarding the expectations of masculinity on young boys and its effects on girls. Important stuff, so whakarongo mai!"

Boys (still) don’t cry: How thinking outside the ‘man box’ could help prevent violence.

Kirsty Johnston, Stuff, June 27 2021

"They know the rules of being a bloke, and they know it’s not ok to break them. But what if challenging boys to think outside the “man box” is key to ending violence against women? Kirsty Johnston reports."

Rejecting the man-box will take some mahi from schools and parents.

Alison Mau, Stuff, June 27 2021

OPINION: "I'm old enough to remember a time when buckling up in cars was widely scoffed at. In fact, I was school-aged (only just) when my home state of Victoria became the first place in the world to make driving without one illegal..."

Shifting The Line On Gender And Sexual Violence

Press Release: University of Auckland, Scoop, June 27 2021

"A major new report on sexual violence, online sexual harassment and other forms of gendered violence has been released by researchers based at the University of Auckland."

Our team

Our team is based in Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro | the School of Psychology, Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau | The University of Auckland.

Nicola Gavey

Octavia Calder-Dawe – Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University Wellington

Kris Taylor

Jade Le Grice, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa

Brandee Thorburn – Avondale College

Sam Manuela

Makarena Dudley, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu

Senuri Panditharatne

Riane Ross

Angela Carr

Robin Murphy

2021 Research Assistants:

Maddox Drew, Lita Foliaki, Jasmin Smith, Dasha Zapisetskaya


Our project has been supported by The University of Auckland, Netsafe (through an Online Safety Partnership Grant, funded by the Ministry of Justice), and the Marsden Fund Council from New Zealand Government funding, administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

We thank the boys and young men who participated in our workshops, for their interest in this subject, and their openness to sharing their views and experiences. We are also grateful to the organisations and schools whose students we worked with, and those staff who generously supported the research. 

Report cover image credit: Toby Morris.

For a fuller account of the people and organisations whose support and assistance we recognise and appreciate, see the Acknowledgements section in our report.