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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.
The awards are open to all New Zealand organisations. However, some award categories are open to Rainbow Tick certified organsiations only. This depends on the category for the award.
Who is Rainbow Tick Certified? A current list of Rainbow Tick Certified companies can be found here.