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Code of Conduct





  • As a Centre of Research Excellence in Aotearoa New Zealand comprised of members from diverse backgrounds and organisations we are committed to the open exchange of ideas, thoughts and expressions, and respectful debate.
  • Maurice Wilkins Centre is a community that recognises the worth of every person and group, that fosters a culture of inclusion, dignity, understanding and mutual respect, and embraces diversity.
  • We seek to honour our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to implement our Centre Māori Strategy.



  • We will not tolerate harassment, intimidation, culturally inappropriate, hostile, disrespectful or discriminatory behaviour or speech from any member of the Maurice Wilkins Centre.
  • This applies to our day to day work, private discussions and internal meetings. It also applies to external outreach activities, public presentations, social functions and on-line discourse.
  • Specific behaviours that are not tolerated include but are not limited to: verbal comments that intimidate or belittle the comments of others; disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; advocating for or encouraging any of the above behaviours; or any behaviour that otherwise interferes with a person’s participation in the Maurice Wilkins Centre community.



  • All members have a responsibility to behave in line with the principles and expectations above and to foster a culture that encourages other members to do the same.
  • If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed (active bystander principle), or have any other concerns, please immediately contact a local event organiser, or a member of the Maurice Wilkins Centre Directorate, Manager or member of the Research Leadership Forum.  The issue will be immediately raised with the Maurice Wilkins Director and/or Board Chair for investigation. The Director and/or Board Chair will take advice on the implementation of any actions, which can include reporting an incident to the individual’s organisation.
  • The Maurice Wilkins Centre will require anyone engaging in behaviour that is considered by any other member to be harassing to cease immediately.
  • The Maurice Wilkins Centre will support those impacted and harmed by the incident.