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2020 Diversity Awards Winners announced

An internship programme designed to “grow the tide” of Pacific peoples influencing the public sector policies that affect all New Zealanders, has won the top workplace diversity award. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) took out the Supreme Award at the 2020 Diversity Awards NZ™ for its flagship Tupu Tai intern initiative that is increasing the confidence and capability of young Pacific people and allowing a new generation to play a key role in impacting public policy. 

Judging convener Kirstin Te Wao says MBIE’s internship programme is a powerful vehicle for change. “Culturally grounded, connected to the arts and supported by leadership, this is an operating model that has real, sustainable potential to break down silos right across government. “As well as providing opportunities for the interns, many of whom shared amazing stories, it’s amplifying Pacific voices and creating tūākana (mentor) roles for many Pasifika peoples in the public sector.”


HRNZ Members can download case studies about various winners and finalists here -


2020 Diversity Awards NZ™ winners:


Supreme Award
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Emerging Diversity and Inclusion
Winner - New Zealand Police
Highly Commended - AA Insurance

Winner - Deloitte

Work Life Balance
Winner - Aurecon
Small Organisation Excellence Award - The Business Results Group Ltd - BRG
Highly Commended - Southern Cross Health Society

Winner - State Services Commission and Ministry for Women
Small Organisation Excellence Award - TupuToa
Highly Commended - Capability Group

Tomorrow’s Workforce
Winner - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Highly Commended - Citycare Ltd

Walk the Talk
Winner - Tracey Taylor, Yellow NZ Ltd

Breaking Barriers
Winner - Downlights

Cultural Celebration
Winner - Jasmax

Skills Highway
Winner - Westco Lumber Limited


For more information, entrant case studies, or high-res photos, please contact:

Sheryl Blythen
Communications Manager
Diversity Works New Zealand
+64 21 674 443