How do I enter?
You will be directed to our entry platform via the enter now links on our website. Once there, you will need to create a login for the platform. You can complete your entry in stages if you prefer by saving your work then returning to the platform at a later date. You must submit your entry before the entry closing date.
How do I know which category to enter?
Our category descriptions section has lots of information and detailed judging criteria. You can also sign up for our Awards Entry Assistance workshop to find out more about the new award categories – we are running this online and will have a recording available afterwards.
The best way to determine which category to enter, is to decide on the original purpose for implementing your initiative.
Whether the strategic motivation for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE)I in your organisation is purpose-driven, or business outcomes driven, research suggests that specific initiatives are selected either to solve a range of specific problems, or to gain from a range of specific opportunities.
In deciding on a category to enter:
From the following list of options, ask yourself what the most important reason was for implementing your initiative:
We wanted to:
- Improve capability and confidence in our leadership team to support DEI strategies and programmes (Leadership Category)
- Attract talent from a specific community that is underrepresented in our organisation (Diverse Talent Category)
- Remove barriers to career progression for people from specific communities (Diverse Talent Category)
- Dismantle workplace structures that keep inequity in place (Inclusive Workplace Category)
- Build a culture of respect and belonging in our organisation (Inclusive Workplace Category)
- Participate in improving outcomes for Māori (Ngā Āhuatanga o Te Tiriti Tohu)
- Contribute to improved social cohesion and equity across all aspects of society (Impact Award)
Double check your selection above by asking yourself the following question: How do we measure success - what is the most important metric that we use?
The way in which you evaluate your success will be naturally aligned to one of the above questions.
Can we enter more than one category?
Yes, but different entries must be for different initiatives. One initiative cannot be repurposed across multiple categories. All entries submitted must fulfil the entry requirements of the chosen category.
Can we enter a programme of work we are running in an overseas office?
No, entries must relate to workplace diversity and inclusion programmes or initiatives benefitting employees who are resident and working in New Zealand.
We are a previous winner – can we enter this again?
Yes, but if you are entering a programme or initiative that has previously won a Diversity Awards NZ™ category or been highly commended by the judging panel, you must provide evidence of significant new development.
Our business supplies services that increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Can we enter the awards?
The Impact category is open to organisations in the private and/or charitable sectors whose core business is to facilitate the provision of more equitable workplace opportunities.
Our organisation does work in the community to support diversity and inclusion. Can we enter those programmes?
No, entries must provide evidence of how your organisation is advancing a culture of diversity and inclusion within the New Zealand workplace.
Should we enter under our organisation’s name or the name of the programme or initiative?
Entrants will be referred to by the name they entered under on the official online entry form throughout the awards programme and on all subsequent awards collateral or marketing material produced to support the awards programme. Entering these awards sends a signal to the workforce that you are a business that values diversity and inclusion so it’s preferable to enter under your organisation’s name, enhancing your employer brand. Please ensure all names and titles are correct as they cannot be changed halfway through the programme.
How can I add more photos or evidence files?
We are happy for you to email us extra photos to firstname.lastname@example.org – please include the name of the organisation and the entry category the photos illustrate. We allow entrants to submit up to six PDFs as supporting evidence for each entry to ensure reviewing entries is manageable for our judges. Supporting evidence must not exceed 2000 words.
Can I just upload or send a PDF or hard copy of my entry?
No, a separate online entry form is required to be submitted for each award entered, using the online form.
Why do we need to provide photographs?
We use entrant photographs to illustrate the case studies produced for finalists and to showcase the work of our finalists and winner across social media, external media publications. Photographs are also used to illustrate the DEI work in Aotearoa across Diversity Works New Zealand online and print materials.
I can’t submit my entry – the system is not accepting it.
Check that you have completed all the fields across the entry tabs.
Do you have finalists?
Yes, finalists will be announced after entries close.
What happens if I am a finalist?
Our team will be in touch to let you know when representatives from our judging panel can do a physical or online site visit. We will also work with you to create a short video of the work you are doing.
When will we find out if we have won?
We plan to announce our winners at an event in August. Make sure you have signed up for our newsletters and we will keep you posted with all the details.
The owner and organiser for the Diversity Awards NZ™ is the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust, trading as Diversity Works New Zealand, Level 1, 90 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand 1010.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Entries close at 3pm NZST, Tuesday 2 May 2023.
2. Entries must be from organisations operating in New Zealand.
3. Entries must relate to workplace diversity and inclusion programmes benefitting people who are resident and working in New Zealand.
4. Entries in the Impact Award are open to organisations in the private and/or charitable sectors.
5. All entries must be submitted through the official online entry form and process.
- All entries submitted must fulfil the entry requirements of the chosen award.
- Entrants will be referred to by the name they entered under on the official online entry form throughout the awards programme and on all subsequent awards collateral or marketing material produced to support the awards programme.
- A separate online entry form is required to be submitted for each award entered, using the text fields supplied.
- Entries must be within the word limit of 2000 words.
- Supporting evidence or images can be uploaded as attachments.
- Supporting material should not exceed 15 minutes of video content and/or another 2000 words in written content.
- Supporting video evidence may be submitted during the online entry process by video upload or as a link to a video sharing platform that can be accessed by the judging panel and those processing entries on behalf of the awards organisers.
- Supporting photos should be in jpg, jpeg, png, tif or tiff format. Maximum file size is 25mb.
- Incomplete entries can be disqualified.
6. Organisations can enter more than one category. You can also enter more than one programme or initiative per category via multiple submissions. You can, however, not enter one specific diversity and inclusion programme or initiative across various categories – an initiative can be entered in only one category per award year.
7. Finalists will be announced after entries have closed. Finalists will be allocated times for an assessment by the judges’ (this maybe a physical or virtual visit) and finalists must make themselves available at the scheduled time. The judges may, during the visit, request evidence to substantiate any claims made on the entry form.
8. Finalists will be allocated a time for a video of their initiative to be filmed and must make requested personnel available at the scheduled time and obtain the required consents from authorised representatives of the organisation and the individuals appearing on camera.
9. Case studies will be prepared by the awards organisers for all entries selected as finalists. Entrants will have the opportunity to correct any errors in these case studies. Case studies will be publicly available via the Diversity Works New Zealand website following the conclusion of the Awards programme and announcement of finalists and/or winners.
10. The independent judging panel will be appointed by the awards organisers.
11. All entry information and material submitted remains the property of the organiser.
12. Entrants agree to allow the use of their entry information and material for publicity purposes and ongoing Diversity Works New Zealand promotions and will ensure they have obtained consent for any images, video footage or quotes to be used to support their entry from the relevant individuals and entities.
13. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, you agree that the organisers can send you correspondence from time to time in relation to the awards process.
14. Entrants will be encouraged to make themselves available without cost for publicity purposes as required.
15. Entrants selected as finalists should be available to attend the awards event in Auckland or any other alternative celebration event as may proceed as a result of circumstances as they then exist. (Inability to attend does not disqualify entry).
16. The award organisers reserve the right to:
- Transfer any entry from one category to another if it is deemed advantageous to the entrant. The entrant will be notified of this change of category.
- Disqualify any entrant deemed to have breached the above terms and conditions.
- Disqualify any entrant that could potentially damage the brand reputation of the awards.
- Withdraw any award or choose not to award a winner in one or more of the categories.
17. Eligibility for all award categories will be at the sole discretion of the award organisers. Notwithstanding any other provision in these terms and conditions, the organiser reserves the right at its sole and absolute discretion to at any time suspend, cancel and/or modify in whole or in part any part of the awards process, the format of the proposed judging and/or videoing and/or method of celebrating the achievements of award entrants and/or finalists and/or winners.
18. The judge’s decisions around finalists and/or winners are final and the decision of the awards organisers around the shape of the programme and the nature of the celebrations are also final. No correspondence will be entered into in either case.
19. The issuance of these terms and conditions does not constitute an offer by the organisers that is capable of acceptance by any entrant. Each entrant, by submitting their award entry, acknowledges and agrees that the award process (and any suspension, cancellation or modification of it) will not result in the organiser incurring any obligations or liability whatsoever to entrants.
20. Winners in the Leadership, Diverse Talent, Inclusive Workplace and Ngā Āhuatanga o te Tiriti categories are eligible to win the Supreme Award.
AGREEMENT OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By submitting an online entry to the Diversity Awards NZ™, entrants are deemed to have accepted the Terms and Conditions.