Join us for New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards at The Hilton in Auckland to celebrate:
Our annual awards programme brings together all organisations that aspire to improve workplaces for "rainbow" people to showcase best practice and celebrate outstanding progress as we continue to strive towards a more inclusive community of workplaces in Aotearoa New Zealand.
This year we are starting with a special Key Supporters' Pre-function (networking lunch and drinks included) followed by the Awards ceremony and the Development Forum. The Key-Supporters' Pre-function includes entry to the Awards and Development Forum.
Awards are open to all organisations and companies in New Zealand. There are two new additions to the 2020 Awards categories.
The awards are designed to recognise organisations that understand, value and welcome sexual and gender diversity.
The awards seek to celebrate:
See the 2019 Awards Winners
See the 2019 Awards Winners
(Award open to Rainbow Tick Certified organisations only)
The Westpac Supreme Award recognises organisations that have demonstrated wide-ranging programs, policy, and practices across the organisation, both top down and bottom up that are making a measurable impact across the organisation and set a new standard and example for others to follow with rainbow inclusion. Organisations at this level are actively sharing with and leading other organisations
The Newmarket Business Association Executive Leadership Award recognises genuine ownership, accountability, and drive from the top level(s) within the organisation.Enter here
The Chorus Ambassadorship Award recognises internal heroes and role models in formal or informal leadership roles who are actively driving improvements with rainbow inclusionEnter here
The Simpson Grierson Impact Award (Program, Policy, Practice) recognises an organisation or initiative that has tackled a particular issue or opportunity and can demonstrate measurable improvement in rainbow inclusion and wellbeing on a sustained basisEnter here
The Rainbow Tick Training and Development Award recognises training and development initiatives within organisations to improve rainbow inclusionEnter here
The Grant Thornton Innovation Award recognises a program, policy, or practice that shows the willingness to try something new and bold, adapted to the unique organisational context, with measures for monitoring progress.Enter here
The Partners Life Emerging Award recognises organisations who are early in their diversity and inclusion journey, but have taken steps to clearly signal their commitment to rainbow inclusion in one or more facets of their organisationEnter here
The Rainbow Tick Non-Commercial Sector Award recognises and celebrates organisations within the non-commercial sector who demonstrate leadership and innovation in the area of rainbow diversity and inclusion within and / or across their sector.
Non-commercial may include state sector, not-for profit, social enterprises, NGOs, public sector, and profit for social purpose organisations.Enter here
The Purple Sherbet Representation in Marketing Award recognises organisations which have purposefully and clearly shown rainbow inclusion in mainstream external marketing and branding campaigns in an authentic and integrated way.Enter here
The Westpac SME Rainbow Inclusivity Award recognises small to medium organisations on their journey towards improving Rainbow Inclusion, evidenced through one or more areas of program, policy, or practice that sets an example for others to followENTER HERE
Entries for 2021 are not yet open! Sign up to the newsletter on teh bottom of the page so that we can keep you updated.
The process for entering the awards is designed to be simple and to allow for diverse applications from organisations of any size.
Entries are required to provide a high-level summary of their application, plus supporting material and should include details on (but not exclusive to):
The core benchmarks to be considered for an award align with the Rainbow Tick Certification Framework, which assesses whether a workplace understands, values and welcomes sexual and gender diversity.
Rainbow inclusion competencies which are relevant to being considered in most categories are:
• Staff training
• Staff engagement and organisational support
• External engagement
• Client / customer engagement
Q: Will there be guaranteed space at the awards for representatives of finalist to attend the awards.
A: Yes, we have pre-allocated seating to ensure our finalist can attend the awards.
Q: Can I book a table and if so, how many seats are there at the table?
A: Yes. We are still finalising the venue details, but ususally you can book a table of 10.
Q: Do I have to attend the awards to receive an award?
A: No. You will be notified that you are a finalist in advance, and naturally we would love to have you attend, but understand that this may not always be possible.
Q: When do applications close?
A: Application dates are still to be announced.
Q: When will judging take place?
A: Judging dates TBA.
Q: Can I/we enter an award in a category our organisation is sponsoring?
A: No, you cannot enter an award category if your organisation is sponsoring this category. You we welcome to submit under another category, and you will still be eligible for the supreme award.
Q: Can I/we enter an award in a category where someone from our organisation is judging?
A: Yes, your organisation’s representative will be excluded from judging that category.
Q: When will finalists be notified?
A: We are still finalising our dates for 2021. Finalist will be informed directly prior to public announcements being made.
Q: Can I nominate another company/organisation/ individual for an award?
A: No, as this is celebrating Rainbow Excellence within New Zealand organisations, the entry must be from within your organisation with supporting material.
Q: Is their any support for charities or not-for-profits to enter the Awards
A: Yes. When an organisation enters, there is no fee charged for not-for-profit and social enterprise entries. Charities and not-for-profits will not be invoiced for entries and their entries will be covered by the support of Pride Pledge organisations. Tickets to The Awards ceremony are not covered. Z Energy and PridePledge have joined together to provide a number of zero-cost tickets for charity partners.
Q: If my organisation won a category in 2020, can we enter the same category for 2021
A: Yes. We do encourage your organisation to enter a different category and see how well you can stack up against other organsiations in a new area of challenge. Only the Supreme Award is off-limits two years in a row.