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The Rainbow Tick

The Commission has been successful in achieving the Rainbow Tick and has been assessed as meeting the NZ Standard, gender and sexual diversity in employment. We are the first public sector agency to achieve the Rainbow Standard and the Tick. 

The Rainbow Tick programme allows businesses and organisations to understand what they are doing well in regard to their Rainbow personnel, what they need to improve, and how to do this. Through the help of the Rainbow Tick a manager can derive the best from an employee by being a good employer.

Getting the Rainbow Tick also allows us to show our employees and all New Zealand that we are a progressive, inclusive and dynamic organisation that reflects the community that we serve. 

We are really proud and excited to be recognised for our efforts as a welcoming and inclusive work place and urge other organisations to consider doing the same. 

Other organisations and businesses who have already achieved the Tick include: Westpac, ASB, Fletcher Building, Coco-Cola Amatil, KPMG, Microsoft, PWC, Simpson Grierson, AUT, Sovereign, Publicis Loyalty, Sky City, Repromed and Russel McVeagh.


There is a strong business case for creating an inclusive workplace. Inclusive workplaces are more likely to attract high quality applicants, retain staff, enhancing employee production, enhance the brand, and legal compliance and risk mitigation.

Organisations have a unique opportunity to drive positive change and create innovative working spaces that are inclusive to gender and sexually diverse people.

Overwhelmingly, taking this sort of action in turn makes businesses a more attractive option for not only the transgender community, but all potential employees.


All organisations must do all they can do make their staff feel included in the workplace. Staff should not feel that they have to hide part of themselves for fear of discrimination.

The Tick

The original logo was designed by Tuteri Rangihaeata of Waha Ltd. At the base of the tick is an adze with a sharp edge representing Te Toki – an instrument for shaping the attitudes of society. At its tail are shark’s teeth representing Te Kaha – strength of commitment to wellness and the right to full participation in society. The tick sits on a white koru representing Te Ao the world.