NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards
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New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards Development Forum, proudly sponsored by Z Energy and Fletcher Building

Part of our vision is to facilitate within our Rainbow Tick community a sharing of best pratice and to constantly shift the dial on our workplaces as we work towards further improvement.

All our workplaces face exciting challenges, and we see the Development Forum as providing a really powerful opportunity to get together and explore ideas and our work, with the aim of building our own capacity to do better in our own workplaces.

That is why we are hosting a development forum - to enable a shared learning opportunity to help us all work towards rainbow excellence.

In 2020, we have rolled the Development Forum into the schedule of the NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards, bringing a range of speakers to the Awards event itself.

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Highlights still to come for 2020.

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

2019 Development Forum
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How To Enter The Awards

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 online and cost $250 + GST per entry. Please note that an organisation can enter multiple categories per application.

Entries from charities and not-for-profits are free of charge. If, because of financial stress due to Covid, you are not in a position to pay, please contact Martin King to discuss your options - we'd love you to still be able to enter.

Organisation must self-nominate aka. apply for themselves. We encourage entrants to craft their submission to the specifications of the categories to which they are applying.

Applications for individuals must be entered by their employing organisation, who should nominate the individual and provide supporting evidence.

The application process will require applicants to provide a summary of their work in the rainbow D&I space, as well as supporting material. This supporting information could include information on the following (depending on what category you are applying for);

  • An identified organisational challenge
  • A clear strategy or plan related to the challenge
  • Measurable achievements and impact report/assessment
  • Clarification of and evidence for sustainable implementation

Entries are live now! Use the links below to apply to enter the awards.

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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

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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. 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: Who is invited to participate?
A:** 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. A current list of Rainbow Tick Certified companies can be found here.

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. 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: 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.

Q: If my organisation won a category in 2021, can we enter the same category for 2022
A: Yes. We do encourage your organisation to enter a different category and see how well you can stack up against other organisations in a new area of challenge. Only the Supreme Award is off-limits two years in a row.

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