The New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards

Award Categories

Awards are open to all organisations and companies in New Zealand.

Entries are live for the 2019 Awards.

The awards are designed to recognise organisations that understand, value and welcome sexual and gender diversity.

The awards seek to celebrate:

  • strong leadership across organisations, from the executive through to that remarkable employee who rises to the occasion
  • initiatives that address ongoing challenges and make a measurable difference
  • dynamic, aspirational and brave shifts in practice
  • purposeful and confident public visibility
  • breadth and depth of organisational commitment and impact

The Newmarket Business Association Executive Leadership Award

(Award open to Rainbow Tick Certified organisations only, Special Commendation open to all)

The Newmarket Business Association Executive Leadership Award recognises genuine ownership, accountability, and drive from the top level(s) within the organisation.

SKYCITY Community and Advocacy Award

The SKYCITY Community and Advocacy Award recognises outward public commitment to community group(s).

Ambassadorship Award

The Ambassadorship Award recognises internal heroes and role models in formal or informal leadership roles who are actively driving improvements with rainbow inclusion

Simpson Grierson Impact Award (Program, Policy, Practice)

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 basis

Training and Development Award

The Training and Development Award recognises training and development initiatives within organisations to improve rainbow inclusion

Lion Innovation Award

The Lion 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.

Partners Life Emerging Award

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 organisation

Westpac SME Rainbow Inclusivity Award (Less than 100 FTE)

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 follow.

Westpac Supreme Award

(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

How to enter

The process for entering the awards is designed to be simple and to allow for diverse applications from organisations of any size.

  • applications must be completed on-line
  • applications are open from 15 February 2019 until 31 March 2019
  • applications costs $140 plus GST per organisation or company entry (an organisation can enter multiple categories per application)
  • organisations self-nominate/apply and craft their award entry for the specific category(s) of that best showcase their organisation’s progress (see below for all categories)
  • awards for individuals must be entered by an organisation who nominate an individual employee and provide supporting evidence

Entries are required to provide a high-level summary of their application, plus supporting material and should include details on (but not exclusive to):

  • an identified organisational "Rainbow" challenge
  • a clear strategy or plan related to the challenge
  • measurable achievements and impact report/assessment
  • clarification of and evidence for sustainable implementation

Core entry benchmarks

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:

• Policy
• Staff training
• Staff engagement and organisational support
• External engagement
• Client / customer engagement
• Monitoring
• Other

Frequently Asked Questions

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, tables will be for sale through our ticketing portal and seat 10 people.
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: Will finalists have to pay for entry to the awards lunch.
A: Yes.
Q: When do applications close?
A: Applications close 31 March 2019.
Q: When will judging take place?
A: Judging will take place 1 April – 21 April.
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: Finalist will be announced late April. 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, a charity can ask for sponsorship for their entry. Charities and not-for-profits which indicate that they need support to enter 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.