2019 Diversity Awards NZ™ finalists announced

Finalists in the 2019 Diversity Awards NZ™ were announced today, with judges recognising organisations that are embedding workplace diversity and inclusion into the way they operate.

The awards, run by Diversity Works New Zealand, are in their 22nd year and celebrate best practice in workplace diversity and inclusion. The judges selected 37 finalists from 76 entries across nine categories.

Judging convenor Neil Porteous says the judges chose initiatives that were sustainable and offered long-term benefits, rather than entries based on one-off events.
They also favoured initiatives impacting a significant proportion of an organisation’s workforce.

Porteous says it was gratifying to have so many small to medium size organisations enter the awards this year. “It’s fantastic to see such a breadth of organisations focusing in this space and understanding the benefits of an inclusive workplace culture.”

In the Emerging Diversity and Inclusion Award category, the judges noted that many of New Zealand’s well-resourced organisations are expanding their existing programme by trialling innovative initiatives in new diversity dimensions.

The entries also highlighted the importance of leadership in the diversity and inclusion space, Porteous says. “The panel found the Walk the Talk category difficult to judge as there are so many people standing up and influencing the workplace over and above their job descriptions.”

The finalists are:

Cultural Celebration
Showcases authentic responses to cultural and ethnic engagement in the workplace.

  • Air New Zealand
  • Downer New Zealand
  • HSBC New Zealand
  • IAG New Zealand

Celebrates innovative responses to positive employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

  • The Cookie Project
  • Vector Limited

Emerging Diversity and Inclusion
Honours a diversity and inclusion initiative that is less than two years old.

  • Department of Corrections
  • Engineering New Zealand
  • Spark
  • Vodafone New Zealand
  • Yellow NZ Ltd

Celebrates innovative responses to empowering women in the workplace.

  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • Kensington Swan
  • She Sharp
  • Vector Ltd

Positive Inclusion 
Celebrates innovative responses to inclusivity of the LGBTQI community in the workforce.

  • GHD
  • MediaWorks
  • Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment

Skills Highway
Honours organisations which recognise the importance of numeracy and literacy.

  • Auckland District Health Board
  • Simcro Limited

Tomorrow’s Workforce
Celebrates innovative responses to a changing workforce demographic.

  • AJ Hackett Bungy NZ
  • Constellation Brands New Zealand
  • Downer New Zealand
  • GHD
  • MYOB

Walk the Talk
Celebrates leaders who exemplify excellence in promoting and managing a diverse workforce.

  • Catherine Smith, Auckland Museum
  • Craig Hudson, Xero
  • Glen Cornelius, Harrison Grierson
  • Paul O'Brien, Partners Life
  • Royal Reed, Prestige Law
  • Shane Morgan, Watercare Services
  • Darren Linton, Yellow NZ Ltd

Work Life Balance
Celebrates organisations that recognise that work is part of a rich and challenging life.
Constellation Brands New Zealand.

  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • Lion
  • Recreation Aotearoa
  • Sharesies


Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner event at the Cordis in Auckland on Wednesday, 28 August.

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For more information, please contact:
Rachel Hopkins, Chief Executive, Diversity Works New Zealand
M: +64 21 p674 443 or E:
Sheryl Blythen, Communications Manager, Diversity Works New Zealand
M: +64 21 p674 443 or E: