Rainbow inclusion
Pictured L-R: Air Marshall Kevin Short (Chief of Defence Force), Heather Baggott (Deputy Commissioner, Te Kawa Mataaho), Rebecca Kitteridge (Director-General of Security) at the Rainbow Excellence Awards 2020

Te Kawa Mataaho were the proud winners of the Rainbow Inclusivity category at the Rainbow Excellence Awards in October 2020. This award recognised the efforts of Te Kawa Mataaho and the Cross-Agency Rainbow Network (CARN) in designing the We Count survey that, for the first time, asked our Rainbow communities in the Public Service about their experiences and acting on that feedback to identify priorities for improving their sense of inclusion and belonging in the public service.

We joined the New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand Intelligence Community, who were also recognised for their efforts to improve Rainbow visibility and inclusion in their agencies at the awards evening.

Kia kaha te reo Māori
Te Tiki mō Te Wiki trophy featuring neon design of Te Wiki o te reo Māori logo

In October 2020, we were honoured to be presented Te Tiki mō Te Wiki trophy by Ngahiwi Apanui, Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, for our efforts during the inaugural Public Service competition for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week.

Eighteen agencies participated in the competition, producing a video of their agency’s efforts to promote te reo and joining Te Rangaihi Reo Māori | The Māori Language Moment, when over 1 million New Zealanders celebrated te reo Māori at the same time.

Ngahiwi said the language was at risk and it was really important for everyone to contribute to its revitalisation. People should use whatever reo they have and just keep giving it a go.

Peter Hughes, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commissioner and Head of Service, said “The public service has an important role to play in supporting the revitalisation of te reo Māori. It’s great to see everyone doing their bit, as we are here at Te Kawa Mataaho. That we take the time to celebrate, recognise and reward this is important too.”

Te whakahaere | Te Kawa Mataaho – our organisation

The Commission continues to develop our organisation’s capability to deliver and perform at our best. This includes modelling best practices for the Public Service and enabling us to lead and serve as a high-performing organisation and a great place to work.

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