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The business case for diversity

What do we offer?

The Certification Process

About us

Nau mai, tomo mai ki tō mātou pae tukutuku ō Rainbow Tick.
Rainbow Tick is a certification mark for organisations that complete a Diversity & Inclusion assessment process.

Rainbow Tick is about accepting and valuing people in the workplace, embracing the diversity of sexual and gender identities. A supportive work environment that is accepting of peoples’ differences benefits everybody in your organisation.

The certification process tests whether a workplace understands and welcomes sexual and gender diversity. The process involves an on-going quality improvement process.

Getting the Rainbow Tick allows you to show employees, customers and the wider world that you are a progressive, inclusive and dynamic organisation that reflects the community you are based in.

‘Rainbow’ refers to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui and intersex (LGBTTQIA+).

Contact us to find out how to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace for your own organisation.

The business case for diversity

International research shows that diverse and inclusive workplaces are more likely to attract high quality applicants, retain staff, and boost productivity. When an organisation encourages its employees to bring their whole selves to work, these employees are more efficient, more productive, and more loyal to the organisation. When an organisation allows its staff to fully be themselves, it reflects the wider society and is better connected and aware of the full potential of its market. A truly diverse and inclusive environment is directly linked to enhanced performance and strengthened brand reputation.

The Benefits of Rainbow Tick
Attracting good employees and keeping them

Members of the Rainbow Community can pass through an organisation without being seen, as an ‘invisible minority’. If they decide the environment is not welcoming and affirming, they can move on quickly, wasting the investment in their time and training.  Increasingly, Rainbow Community members are not willing to place their skills, enthusiasm and talents in the service of organisations where they are merely tolerated. Organisations need to be pro-active in including these population groups.

Brand Enhancement

People are increasingly considering the implications of their purchasing power. An organisation’s attitudes to sexual orientation and gender identity are important indicators of its integrity and sincerity in embracing the whole community. An organisation that is seen to be discriminatory or insensitive in this area can expect fast, negative and often costly consequences.

Legal Compliance and Risk Mitigation

Discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and gender identity are illegal in New Zealand, but not all employers or staff know how this applies or what the penalties are for non-compliance. Ensuring that all staff are informed on the requirement to be non-discriminatory is a simple act of risk mitigation.

Diversity & Inclusion training and policies are not about political correctness. It’s about appreciating the skills, knowledge and personal attributes of everyone we work with. It’s about being able to connect better with colleagues and customers by understanding things from their point of view; valuing differences and their contribution to the richness of the organisation.

What do we offer?

Certification process
  • We evaluate your organisation’s level of LGBTTQIA+ inclusion in five areas
    • Policies
    • Staff Training
    • Staff Engagement & Support
    • External Engagement
    • Monitoring
  • We provide a training package that is customized to suit your organisation.
  • We provide advice and resources on best practice, including the writing and application of appropriate policies.
  • We provide you with a report based on the results of the evaluation, identifying any recommendations for change.
  • We provide support to your managers and team leaders responsible for a plan of action.

Once the benchmarks are met, you are awarded the Rainbow Tick. This can be displayed and used in any job advertising or business promotion.

To keep your Rainbow Tick certification valid, we review your certification on an annual basis.

Research articles

Approved resources explaining sexual orientation and gender identity:

Counting Ourselves: The health and wellbeing of trans and non-binary people in Aotearoa New Zealand

 The LGBTTQIA+ First Job survey 

Economic Motives for Adopting LGBTTQIA+ – Related Workplace Policies

Seven ways to create a more inclusive workplace for LGBTTQIA+ employees

Workplace contextual supports for LGBTTQIA+ employees

The Rainbow Tick is concerned with the health and wellbeing of Rainbow communities in the workplace. Some of the foundational work and thinking that underpins the project dates back to this report from 2013.


About us

The Team

Our team are all highly experienced in diversity matters, are skilled facilitators and trainers, and have in-depth involvement with Rainbow communities.

    Wikitoria Gillard   (she/her)
    Niuean, Ngāpuhi 
    Programme Director  Pou Hautū Kaupapa


    Julie Watson   (she/her)
    Programme Manager  Pou Ārahi Kaupapa 


    Val Little          (she/her)
    Programme Manager  Pou Ārahi Kaupapa 


    Adam Rohe        (he/him)
    Programme Manager  Pou Ārahi Kaupapa 


    José Taiapa      (he/him)
    Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi 
    Programme Manager  Pou Ārahi Kaupapa 


    Caryn Yachinta       (she/her)
    Indonesian, Chinese
    Programme Manager  Pou Ārahi Kaupapa 


    Rainbow Tick is a service of Kāhui Tū Kaha

    To contact us, please email us with details at:


    Phone 09 531 4040

    650 Great South Road, Ellerslie
    PO Box 74270, Greenlane 1051

    Title Address Description
    Kahui Tu Kaha
    650 Great South Rd, Ellerslie, Auckland 1051, New Zealand

    650 Great South Road (UNISYS Building)

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