IAG commended for cultural diversity initiative
Insurance giant IAG New Zealand has been lauded for its employee-led initiative encouraging the use of te reo Māori within the company at the 2019 Diversity Awards NZ™.
The Te Reo Talk programme received a highly commended from the judges in the Cultural Celebration category of the awards programme.
The initiative is the brainchild of IAG’s Māori Employee Network Resource Group (ENRG), which wanted to encourage the use of te reo in a fun and interactive way, making it accessible to everyone.
Video clips are filmed by staff members in the IAG offices and shared on the company’s internal social network. Over two years, more than 26 videos have been created and they are typically viewed more than 550 times.
Judging convener Neil Porteous says that by taking an educational approach and creating a strong impetus to normalise the use of te reo Māori throughout the organisation, IAG New Zealand has embodied its values. “The staff is very proud of what they have achieved and have made a significant change to the culture of organisation.”
The 2019 Diversity Awards NZ™, celebrating excellence in workplace diversity and inclusion, were presented this evening at a gala dinner in Auckland. The event was attended by more than 600 business representatives from the public and private sector and the Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety.
Here is a list of all winners
Air New Zealand - Te rōpū Te Ara Nui
IAG New Zealand
Walk the Talk Award – joint winners
Craig Hudson, Xero
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Small Organisation Excellence Award in
Constellation Brands New Zealand
Work Life Balance
Department of Internal Affairs
Emerging Diversity and
Yellow NZ Ltd