Check out our 2016 quarterly events calendar here: EVENTS CALENDER 2016 


Wellness workshop: get more out of life

If you're struggling to find enthusiasm in your work and daily life then this wellness workshop could be just what you need. Author and NZ Herald columnist Louise Thompson helps busy people get their zest for life back and "rocking their lives in a way they only dreamt was possible". 
Louise believes that true wellbeing is about supporting yourself best by being mentally strong, emotionally resilient as well as spiritually connected
In this workshop Louise will share tips and strategies you can implement into your life to help you feel in control and ready to take on new challenges. 

Date: 7th April, 2016
Time: 9:30am-2:30pm
Facilitator(s): Louise Thompson
Investment: Members $250 + GST, Non Members $350 + GST
Venue: EEO training room, 100 Mayoral Drive, Level 1, Auckland.  
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You’re invited to our birthday

Come and celebrate with us! The EEO Trust is about to enter it's 25th year and we've got some exciting changes to share with you. 

In April we’re hosting a complimentary birthday get together in Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. These birthday events will be a great chance to network with other likeminded organisations.


Wellington 6th April 

6th April 2016

Te Puni Kokiri House
Ground Floor – Nau Mai Room
143 Lambton Quay

Auckland 7th April

7th April 2016

Westpac Building
16 Takutai Square
Britomart Auckland

Creating Quick wins with your Diversity Comittee

So what does a Diversity Committee actually do?

In this second session in our workshop series “Capitalising on your Diversity Committee” we will delve deeper into the kinds of ideas, projects and initiatives that can be led and implemented by Diversity Committees.

We will hear from James Muir, Director of Operations, of Jacobs (winner of the Supreme Award, EEO Trust Diversity Awards 2014) about their Diversity Committee – how they started, how they picked priorities, what has worked for them and what have been the challenges.

You will also hear from the EEO Trust about two key tools - the Diversity Stocktake and Diversity Diagnostic – that can be used by Diversity Committees to better understand their strengths and the areas of diversity and inclusion where they have gaps in their processes or initiatives.

The workshop also offers ample opportunity for interaction, questions and discussion – a great place to sound out ideas and ask questions.

Date: Thursday 26th May, 2016
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Investment: Members $80 + GST, Non Members $110 + GST
Venue: EEO training room, 100 Mayoral Drive, Level 1, Auckland.  
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Entry Assistance workshop 

At our complimentary Entry Assistance workshop we can discuss the awards categories,
explain the sort of examples and evidence that will help your application and answer all your awards entry questions.
Date: Thursday 14th April, 2016
Time: 12pm 
Cost: Complimentary 
Venue: EEO Trust Training Room, Auckland.
To book: 

Diversity Awards Gala Dinner

Come and celebrate with us. Our Diversity Awards gala dinner is a great night out where you can reflect on your own achievements, share your successes and gain inspiration from other Kiwi companies sharing their diversity and inclusion initiatives.

The 19th Diversity Awards NZ Gala Dinner will be held at SKYCITY ‘Convention Centre’ Auckland on Wednesday 24 August 2016 – save the date!

Book a spot for you and your team now:


Earlybird tickets are $190+GST.
Standard tickets are $220+GST.
Table bookings for 10 people are $1800 + GST and we’ll send you a complimentary bottle of wine with your tickets!
Entrants tickets are $180+GST.
Entrants Table of 10 are $1620 + GST and we’ll send you a complimentary bottle of wine with your tickets!

Pink Shirt Day Breakfast with Mike King

Save the date now and book in for breakfast with your team at our Pink Shirt Day Breakfast. Our special guest speaker is Mike King – this highly sought after public speaker, NZ comedian & TV presenter will share his own experiences of bullying and what he’s learned about the impact of bullying on people’s lives.
Pink Shirt Day is about working together to prevent or stop bullying by celebrating people's differences and promoting positive relationships. Come and celebrate difference with your team.

Date: 20th May, 2016
Time: 7:30am-9:00am
Facilitator(s): Mike King
Investment: Members $95 + GST, Non Members $115 + GST
Venue: Rendezvous Ballroom, Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland.  
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What events and workshops does the EEO Trust offer?

If you are interested in attending a specific event or workshop that isn’t currently listed on our events calendar, or if you would like more information to help with your team’s professional development planning, please contact us at and let us know which events or workshops you are interested in.

Diversity Group Meeting (DGM)

Our Diversity Group Meetings are quick one-hour, information-packed sessions hosted by organisations that have important diversity stories and insights to share. The sessions are presented by HR managers or the staff behind the organisation’s diversity programmes and initiatives and include a presentation followed by a Q&A session. In the past these sessions have included winners of the NZ Diversity Awards and the topics have covered a wide range of diversity topics – literacy, female leadership, addressing bias in recruitment. We offer a small number of members (4/5 a year) the opportunity to host a DGM throughout the year. These events are complimentary for members and held at various locations throughout New Zealand. Diversity Group Meetings are $25+GST for non-members.

Diversity Workshop
Diversity Workshops are either half-day or full-day workshops focusing on different diversity and inclusion topics ranging from disability, age, culture, sexual orientation, unconscious bias, governance, bullying and harassment to wellness, flexibility and parental leave. These workshops are very practical and will prepare your staff to develop and implement diversity and inclusion initiatives for your company.

Our facilitators will cover the practical side of the topic, giving you access to case studies, research, readings, and real world examples that show how the theory can be put into practice. These are interactive sessions where networking between participants is encouraged and creating diversity teams that operate beyond these sessions is also encouraged. Morning or afternoon tea is offered with all half-day sessions, a working lunch is supplied for all full-day workshops. Workbooks, handouts, and participation certificates are presented for all workshops. These workshops are offered in Auckland and Wellington and are paid training/professional development opportunities - $220+GST for members, $350+GST for non-members.

Diversity Overview
Our Diversity Overview webinar sessions are offered regularly throughout the year and provide a 45-minute briefing on different diversity and inclusion topics. Each session provides participants with a broad overview of a specialised diversity issue such as bullying and harassment, unconscious bias or literacy in the workplace. The sessions define the issue, provide examples of how it impacts the workplace and benefits of addressing the issue, and briefly outlines what a workplace programme could look like.

We deliver these sessions online so businesses can make them accessible to whole teams and staff from all levels of their business – so everyone understands the importance diversity and inclusion. Individuals can log-on from the comfort of their desk, creating a platform for organisational discussions and diversity developments. Our facilitators provide an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session and we will also share relevant reading and resources to support each overview session. These popular briefing sessions are complimentary for members and $25 for non-members. 

Diversity Breakfast
We offer two to three special Diversity Breakfast events each year featuring a high profile guest speaker who is walking the talk in diversity and inclusion or who has an important story to share with New Zealand businesses. We host these events with our corporate partners. These breakfasts are offered in Auckland and, from 2016, in Wellington. Tickets are usually $95 for members, $115 for non-members how ever this may vary.

Boardroom Briefings
CEO Boardroom Briefing events focus on a different industry sector for each session and are hosted by an international guest expert from the sector. Sectors covered in the sessions include banking and finance, insurance, law, retail and FMCG. We are also interested in requests from sector groups. These sessions offer access to senior industry figures and also provide a space for sharing ideas, thought leadership and debate on critical diversity issues. These sessions are held in Auckland and Wellington and attendance is by invitation only.

Diversity Committee/Council Update
Diversity Committee or Diversity Council Updates are facilitated sessions where we assist your organisation to evaluate and develop next steps for your diversity strategy. We encourage you to bring together representatives from every part of the organisation to be part of the planning and decision-making process around what the company is doing next on its diversity journey.

We have a range of programmes that can be tailored for your committee’s stage and diversity focus. Within these facilitated sessions we will give your team valuable insights into current research and best practice, and we’ll share handouts and top tips to help with planning and policy. These sessions are are $80 for members and $110 for non-members.

Lunchtime Learning Session
Our Lunchtime Learning Sessions are 45-minute seminars with one of our diversity and inclusion workshop facilitators, and they focus on a topic of your choice. If you want to create greater awareness and education around a specific diversity issue in your workplace, these quick sessions are a great way to reach a large number of your staff with the right information. Staff are invited to “bring their lunch” along to a quick seminar – an easy, lunchtime opportunity for professional development. These sessions are offered on demand for $475+GST.

Our Annual General Meeting is held towards the end of each year. In addition to reporting on our activities for the year we also use the AGM as an opportunity to showcase diversity leaders who are walking the talk for workplace diversity in New Zealand. With award winners showcased from the New Zealand Diversity Awards, talking about their successful initiatives. Refreshments are served at the AGM’s conclusion allowing attendees to network and meet Trustees, presenters, and other likeminded businesses.


Other networking opportunities
During the year often host or co-host other networking opportunities for our members, such as film screenings or research briefings with our research partners.