Past work

New Zealand Diversity Action Awards

The New Zealand Diversity Action Awards recognise organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to community development and cultural diversity.

They are awarded each year at the close of the New Zealand Diversity Forum. The Forum is an annual event that brings together community groups, government and business organisation to share experiences, ideas and best practice in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity.

New Zealand Diversity Action Awards 2014

The 10th Diversity Forum was held on the 24th-25th of August at Canterbury University, Christchurch. The 2014 theme was Migrant and Refugee Employment. At the conclusion of the Forum Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy presented the NZ Diversity Action Awards with the Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae to the following organisations:

1. Outward Bound

The Aoraki Bound and Southern Cross/Connecting Kiwi Cultures courses have played a crucial role in promoting community leadership.

2. Hagley Community College

With more than 53 nationalities represented at Hagley Community College the whole of school approach celebrates the identity and cultures of learners all learners.

3. New Zealand Police

A key Diversity Action Programme partner, the NZ Police, Maori, Pacific and Ethnic Services (MPES) division leads Police policy development and service delivery for Maori, Pacific and Ethnic peoples.

4. Multicultural NZ

The NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils have presented submissions on legislative and policy change affecting its members and is a key supporter of Race Relations Day.

5. PEETO – The Multi Cultural Learning Centre

As well as specialising in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and literacy, PEETO also support learners into the job market, bridge the gap with potential employers and provide ongoing support.

6. The NZ Bahá’í community

New Zealand’s Bahá’í community have coordinated the annual National Secondary Schools Race Unity Speech contest for a number of years in association with Race Relations Day.

7. Pegasus Health

Pegasus Health address health inequalities by meeting the needs of diverse populations through providing resources that caters for various languages and ethnicities.

8. Viva Eclectika – NZ Asia Association

A community organisation that has been bringing people together through intercultural dance and music for 15-years.

9. Auckland Regional Migrant Service

ARMS provides regional coordination, community networking, specialist services, and informed advocacy to enhance good settlement services and outcomes for migrants and refugees.

10. Te Taura Whiri te Reo Māori

New Zealanders are increasingly celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and Te Taura Whiri te Reo has been instrumental in encouraging wider involvement by providing resources and information.

11. ChangeMakers Refuge Forum

Through research, community development and advocacy, the ChangeMakers Refugee Forum helps Kiwis from refugee backgrounds participate fully in New Zealand society.


UNESCO New Zealand has been a key supporter of the Diversity Action Porgramme and promotes inter-cultural and inter-religious understanding. UNESCO has sponsored the NZ Diversity Youth Forum for a number of years.