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Auckland University is offering to cover the costs for transgender students choosing to legally change their names.

The decision comes after the university found that its administration system did not always support transgender students who chose to use their preferred names instead of their legal names.

This sometimes led to them being outed and harassed. 

Trudie McNaughton, pro vice-chancellor of equity, said the cost of a legal name change was a barrier for a number of transgender students, so the university decided to fund it for those who met specific criteria.

"We don’t want cost to be a barrier for us to become an equitable and inclusive university," she said.