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Diversity Awards NZ™ to be streamed live

The 2020 Diversity Awards NZ™ will be streamed live online.

The awards were set to be announced on Wednesday, 16 September at Auckland’s Sky City Theatre. But the re-emergence of Covid-19 cases in the community has created uncertainty about how many people will be able to attend.

Diversity Works New Zealand Chief Executive Maretha Smit says it’s important that all entrants and everyone in the workplace diversity and inclusion community can be part of this celebration. “That’s why we have decided that, for the first time in the 23-year history of the awards programme, the announcement will also be available live online,” Maretha says. “Covid-19 is providing all organisations with the opportunity to challenge themselves to try new ways of doing things, and Diversity Works New Zealand is no exception.”

Details of where to view the awards will be made available closer to the date.

The awards attracted 85 entries across 10 categories, including 13 in the newly created Impact category.

An independent expert judging panel recognised 32 finalists for the work they are doing to advance a culture of inclusion in New Zealand workplaces. 

The finalists are:

Breaking Barriers
Donald Beasley Institute
Yellow NZ Ltd

Cultural Celebration 
Department of Internal Affairs
Heartland Bank

Emerging Diversity and Inclusion Award 
AA Insurance
New Zealand Police
OMD New Zealand
Synlait Milk

Empowerment Award 
DLA Piper New Zealand 

Impact Award 
Capability Group
State Services Commission and Ministry for Women

Rainbow Inclusion Award 
Ministry of Education
Yellow NZ Ltd

Skills Highway Award 
HEB Construction 
Westco Lumber Limited

Tomorrow's Workforce Award 
Citycare Ltd
Fletcher Building and Girl Boss NZ
The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment
Watercare Services Limited

Walk the Talk Award 
Naomi Ferguson, Inland Revenue
Tapeta Wehi, Te Wehi Haka - The Haka Experience 
Tracey Taylor, Yellow NZ Ltd

Work Life Balance Award 
Department of Internal Affairs
First Gas
Southern Cross Health Society 
The Business Results Group Ltd - BRG

For more information, please contact Sheryl Blythen, Communications Manager on 021 674 443 or email