NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards
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Key dates 2024

Keen to attend? Tickets go on sale to the public: 18 March

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

Join us, Wednesday 3 October 2024, 6:30pm at Pullman Auckland Hotel for a full dinner and beverage service throughout the celebrations.

Key dates for this year's awards are:

  • Tickets go on sale to the key supporters: 18 March
  • Public ticket release: 25 March
  • Entries Open: 10 June
  • Entries Close: 26 July
  • Judging Concludes: 23 August
  • Finalists Announced from 2 September
  • Winners Announced at The Awards 3 October.
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Want to find out more about entering The 2024 New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards?

Want to find out more about entering The 2024 New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards? Then join us for our awards entry webinar.

Martin King, Awards Director and Judging Convenor will provide an overview of:

  • The Categories including what's new for 2024
  • Entry Process
  • Judging Criteria
  • Suggestions and insights from previous entries
  • And the chance for Q&A.
    This is a free event open to anyone wanting to learn more about The Awards.
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Celebrating past achievement, New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards 2023

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 2023 awards were the final year of the collaboration between The Rainbow Tick, the organisation that developed and leads the Rainbow Tick Certification system and South Pacific Pride Ltd, the organisation behind Winter Pride (2018 to 2023) and the Pride Pledge.

See NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards 2023 photos See NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards 2023 VIDEO
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ENTER NOW!

We are delighted to announce that entries to the 2023 NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards are live from 5 May 2023. 

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

To apply, use hte links 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 30 June 2023. 

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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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NZ Defence Force leads on rainbow front

The 2023 New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards was held this evening in Auckland with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) taking home the Partners Life Supreme Award, along with the All-Accor Progress Award.

Awards director and judging convenor, Martin King, says the NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate workplace leadership, innovation and best practice by organisations committed to rainbow diversity and inclusion.

Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short said he was proud of the strides the organisation has made and that the win acknowledged how far the NZDF had come. Less than 30 years ago, Aotearoa New Zealand was not a safe harbour for rainbow communities, including those serving within the Defence Force.

“We want our rainbow communities to feel welcome, safe and valued. This award symbolises how far we have come as an inclusive Defence Force that recognises the strengths that a diverse and inclusive workforce brings..”

The win by NZDF recognises their commitment to staying the course and remaining steadfast on their commitments for being a force for all New Zealanders. NZDF have continued to make incremental shifts on their systems, policies, training, and practices building on their previous award-winning programmes. In 2014, NZDF was recognised as the most inclusive force in the world in a global survey, achieved rainbow tick certification in 2019, publishing their rainbow inclusion strategy in 2020, and cemented their commitment through taking the Pride Pledge in 2021 with an increasing focus on training and education across camps and bases.

Martin King says that all the finalists and winners at this year’s award ceremony are making a difference and it’s not just our large organisations. This year saw a wide range of new entrants from organisations of all shapes, sizes and sectors.

“We’ve come a long way and have seen incredible progress even in the last 5 years of awards” says Martin King. “We’re still working hard every day to combat injustice, discrimination and exclusion, but we hope organisations who were finalists and winners inspire others to follow in their footsteps”.

Category Winners

The Newmarket Business Association Executive Leadership Award

Craig West, Country Lead, Downer New Zealand

The Chorus Ambassadorship Award

Kendall Farmer, Les Mills International

The Rainbow Tick Training and Development Award

TVNZ

The Pride Pledge Innovation Award

Foodstuffs North Island

The Simpson Grierson Impact Award

MBIE (Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment)

The Z Energy SME Rainbow Inclusivity Award

Wellington Zoo

The ASB Emerging Award

Powerco

The Pride Pledge Representation in Marketing Award

Les Mills International

The Rainbow Tick Non-Commercial Sector Award

Wellington Zoo

The All-Accor Progress Award

The New Zealand Defence Force

The SkyCity Community and Advocacy Award

Les Mills International

Partners Life Supreme Award

New Zealand Defence Force - Winner
Wellington Zoo -2nd Place
Les Mills International - 3rd Place
Downer New Zealand - 4th Place

See NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards 2023 photos See NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards 2023 VIDEO
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Highlights from 2022

Check out the highlights video of the 2022 Online awards below.

Watch the full 2022 Highlights
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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
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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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