Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Auckland Transport Gets DVFREE Tick To Support Staff Wellbeing

Auckland Transport (AT) is the first local government organisation in New Zealand to have been awarded the DVFREE Tick - demonstrating a commitment to creating a domestic violence-free workplace where staff who experience domestic violence feel safe and supported.

AT’s Chief Executive Shane Ellison says New Zealand’s domestic violence statistics are horrific.

“We want to ensure we are doing whatever we can to support staff who experience domestic violence, make sure our managers are prepared, and that we have trained ‘First Responders’ ready to help.

“Ensuring a safe and supportive workplace environment for staff who experience domestic violence will be the most important way to support their wellbeing and productivity. We want all staff to know that we live our value of ‘tiakitanga - safe with us’.”

Shine’s DVFREE Advisor Holly Carrington is thrilled to welcome Auckland Transport as their newest DVFREE Tick partner organisation.

“As a collective force, employers can play a massive role in addressing New Zealand’s epidemic of domestic violence,” says Carrington.

“Auckland Transport is the first local government organisation in New Zealand to receive the DVFREE Tick.”

In order to achieve the DVFREE Tick, an employer must meet criteria in policy, procedures, information, and awareness-raising for all staff.

The criteria also includes training for ‘First Responders’ and managers. ‘First Responders’ are trained to support staff who experience domestic violence, including helping affected staff to create a workplace safety plan if needed.

Mr Ellison encourages other local government organisations to sign up to the DVFREE Tick programme.

“Shine is accrediting our internal trainers to deliver DVFREE training to our managers - which is the more sustainable approach for implementing a programme like this in an organisation as large as AT.”

“Together we can all help to be part of the solution to New Zealand’s tragic epidemic of domestic violence.”

Auckland Transport is the16th employer to be awarded the DVFREE Tick.

Shine’s free DVFREE guidelines for employers, and information about DVFREE services and the DVFREE Tick are available at

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Consumer NZ: Buy-now, Pay-later Raking In $10m+ In Late Fees Annually

A Consumer NZ survey has found buy-now, pay-later services are costing shoppers more than $10 million a year in late fees. Close to four out of 10 Kiwi consumers use buy-now, pay-later services, such as Afterpay, Laybuy and Zip... More>>

Westpac: Catherine Mcgrath Appointed New Zealand CEO

Westpac Group CEO Peter King and the Westpac New Zealand Board today announced the appointment of Catherine McGrath as Chief Executive Officer, Westpac New Zealand... More>>

Amazon: AWS To Open Data Centres In New Zealand

Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS), announced plans to open an infrastructure region in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2024. The new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region will consist of three Availability Zones (AZs) and join the existing 81 Availability Zones across 25 geographic AWS Regions at launch... More>>


Statistics: Surge In Imports Results In Record Monthly Trade Deficit
Imports increased $1.8 billion in August 2021 compared with August 2020, resulting in a record monthly trade deficit of $2.1 billion, Stats NZ said today. Exports were little changed, down $42 million. "This is a larger deficit than normal because of higher values for imports.. More>>

Fonterra: Completes reset, announces annual results and long-term growth plan out to 2030

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today announced a strong set of results for the 2021 financial year, reflected in a final Farmgate Milk Price of $7.54, normalised earnings per share of 34 cents and a final dividend of 15 cents... More>>

Statistics: GDP rises in the June 2021 quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 2.8 percent in the June 2021 quarter, following a 1.4 percent increase in the March 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. June 2021 quarter GDP was 4.3 percent higher when compared with the December 2019 quarter... More>>