Hosts: Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Auckland GWN

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 2 December 2021

Attendance: Approx. 55


Kaisalina Mealamu - Senior Customs Officer and Co-chair for the NZ Customs Pasifika Network 

Maria Halligan - Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency, AGWN komiti member

Theresa Peters - Senior Advisor Inclusion and Diversity, Department of Corrections and Co-chair for Cross-Agency Rainbow Network/CARN


Our last event of the year focussed on diversity and inclusion and its importance in our workplaces in Tāmaki Makaurau and how employee-led networks (ELNs) work to support this kaupapa.


Key takeaways

  • Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice at that table
  • Do we need policy or values?
  • You can be as diverse as pick'n mix but it's active and affirmative inclusiveness that matters
  • Be aware of your effect on those around you, whakamana not whakama
  • Embrace your uniqueness/whakapapa
  • Changing the order, Inclusion and Diversity rather than D&I - bring in lived experiences and action to what is often just words on paper


Attendee feedback

This event was one of the best!

I appreciate how all the speakers shared their very honest and personal experiences.

Wonderful, thoughtful korero and well-run event, ngā mihi! 

Kia pai to mahi wāhine ma!


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