NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards
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Welcome to the New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards

The New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards celebrates workplace leadership, innovation, best practice and collaboration with organisations committed to rainbow diversity and inclusion. We are the only rainbow focussed awards programme of our kind in Aotearoa.

The awards are a collaboration between: The Rainbow Tick, the organisation that developed and leads the Rainbow Tick Certification system, synonymous with improved inclusivity and safety in New Zealand workplaces, and South Pacific Pride Ltd., the organisation behind Winter Pride and the Pride Pledge.

The Excellence Awards are excited to now be moving into 2022, which will mark the 4th year of the Awards Programme. Over the 2019, 2020, and our virtual 2021 Awards, we have been able to bring together hundreds of organisations and individuals from across New Zealand, not only to celebrate, but also to amplify this important work, and to accelerate progress.

Finalists announced for the 2022 NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards 🌈🏆
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Get yout tickets now!

Keen to attend?

Reserve a table or seat for you and your crew now for what will undoubtedly be a great afternoon out, celebrating excellence in rainbow inclusion and diversity.

Join us, Friday 30 September 2022, 12 noon at Auckland's Crowne Plaza Hotel for a full lunch and beverage service throughout the celebrations.

Book your tickets on Humanitix below.

Venue: Crowne Plaza Auckland, an IHG Hotel
128 Albert Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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Save the date! 30th September, 2022.

We look forward to having you join us for our awards event this year.

Attend our Facebook event below to stay up to date.

2022 Facebook Event
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We are delighted to announce that entries to the 2022 NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards are now live. 

If your organisation has been doing great work in the Rainbow D&I space, we want to know about it.

To apply, fill out the form below. Good luck!

You'll note that you'll need to pay your entry fee before you finalise your application.

You can pay you entry fee with the link below.

Please note that entries close on June 24th 2022. 

ENTER NOW Pay your Entry Application Fee
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Congratulations to our previous winners!

Watch the New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards 2021.

Congratulations to The 2021 New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards category winners:

  • Westpac Supreme Award: Spaceworks Interior Architecture
  • The SKYCITY Community and Advocacy Award: ASB Bank
  • The Simpson Grierson Impact Award: The New Zealand Defence Force
  • The Partners Life Emerging Award: Spaceworks Interior Architecture
  • The Newmarket Business Association Executive Leadership Award: **Lizzi Whaley, CEO Spaceworks Interior Architecture
  • The Chorus Ambassadorship Award: Shelly Thompson – New Zealand Intelligence Community
  • The Grant Thornton Innovation Award: EY
  • The Purple Sherbet Representation in Marketing Award: Les Mills International
  • The Rainbow Tick Training and Development Award: Chorus NZ Ltd
  • The Rainbow Tick Non-Commercial Sector Award: The New Zealand Defence Force
  • The Westpac SME Rainbow Inclusivity Award: Spaceworks Interior Architecture

Past Winners

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Highlights from 2021

Check out the video of the 2021 Online awards below.

Watch the full 2021 livestream
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Highlights from 2020

Check out the video and photo highlights from the 2020 awards below.

Photos of 2020 highlights Video of 2020 Highlights
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Highlights from 2019

Catch a few of the highlights from the 2019 New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards on the video link below.

View video of 2019 highlights

Showcasing our inspiring leaders - join us at our Development Forum

We welcome all to join us to share in discussion and exploration of our community's deeper and more challenging learnings from the last year.

Some of our colleagues have made significant progress with rainbow programmes, policies and practices, in some very challenging and diverse environments. What are others doing, how are they doing it and what are their learnings?

Find out more about the New Zealand Rainbow Tick Excellence Awards Development Forum.

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