Diversity Awards:

Past Winners & Entrants

Diversity Awards 2013

Supreme Award Winner and Diversity Award Winner: NZDF's OverWatch Programme

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The New Zealand Defence Force is investing time and resources into ensuring employees of all sexualities and gender identities get plenty of support and understanding throughout the armed forces.

The Defence Force has about 14,000 staff members including civilians across the Navy, Army and Air Force and they are a diverse slice of society.  It operates across the globe with about 400 personnel deployed in 12 operations, UN missions and exercises across 10 countries.

Squadron Leader Stu Pearce is the Chair of OverWatch who says the Defence Force understands the importance of providing guidance and support to each of its personnel so they can  perform their key role at peak performance.

Work and Life Award Winner: Coca-Cola Amatil

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Coca-Cola Amatil NZ Ltd (CCANZ) employs over a thousand people throughout the country and is part of the Coca-Cola Amatil Group – one of the largest bottlers of non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages in the Asia-Pacific region.  In New Zealand, it is primarily a sales and marketing business with two plants in Auckland, one in Putaruru and two in Christchurch.  Employees carry out a wide range of activities from driving company vehicles and selling, to stacking supermarkets with its product.  They come from different cultures, have different qualifications and cross a wide age spectrum. 

Tomorrow's Workforce Award Winner: Ministry of Social Development 

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Work and Income is one of the Ministry’s service lines. Every New Zealander has contact with MSD at some stage in their lifetime and the service helps out around one million people each year.   

Contact and service centres are the first port of call for people needing income support, assistance to work, getting a job or finding staff. Work and Income pays up to $7 billion in financial assistance each year, case managing over 310,000 people and supporting 85,000 people into work. In addition, around 120,000 calls are taken at contact centres each week in up to 12 languages.

Diversity Award Winner: NZDF's OverWatch Programme        

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An inclusive approach to different sexualities within the Military has provided world-leading resources. 

Squadron Leader Stu Pearce is the Chair of OverWatch who says the Defence Force understands the importance of providing guidance and support to each of its personnel so they can  perform their key role at peak performance. 

“Initially started by a few Air Force personnel, the value of a support group for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questioning (GLBTIQ) staff was quickly recognised by leaders as a key mechanism in supporting the wellbeing of its people.”

Skills Highway Award Winner: Pacific Homecare 

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Pacific Homecare is a charitable trust providing home-based health care services primarily to the Pacific elderly and disabled community throughout south Auckland. Home care services include help with personal care, meal preparation, housework and social services.

The Trust was established in 1989 by “two Cook Island Mamas” to care for elderly people in Otara. Today, it employs 240 staff to deliver 5300 hours of service each week to 550 clients.

Walk the Talk Winner: Peter Potaka

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Peter Potaka has represented Statistics NZ for the past five years, initially as a senior advisor of Maori policy and now as manager of the census community liaison team.

With help from his wide network of contacts, Peter achieved the unthinkable by tapping into large ethnic communities that had previously remained hidden and unaccounted for by Census data.

This data, collected every five years, is invaluable for helping Government departments allocate spending and is also used by councils, community groups, iwi and businesses to plan for the future.

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The ANZ & EEO Trust Diversity Awards NZ 2013 were sponsored by:


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Coca Cola

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