The annual New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards will celebrate its fifth year at their 2023 ceremony on Wednesday 27 September. The awards bring together organisations striving to improve diversity and inclusion for LGBTTQIA+ people and celebrate achievements being made in workplace leadership, innovation, best practice, and collaboration.

The finalists are: 

ASB Bank Ltd, Aurecon, Downer New Zealand, nib NZ, Les Mills International, MBIE, Blueprint for Learning,, Kimberly Clark New Zealand, Foodstuffs North Island, TVNZ, SkyCity Entertainment Group, New Zealand Defence Force, Kāinga Ora, Stantec NZ, Christchurch International Airport, Pride Whanganui, Wellington Zoo Trust, Powerco, and Ventia. 


“I am excited to see so many new entrants this year who are really innovating and setting such high standards for other organisations to follow,” Awards organiser Martin King tells YOUR EX.

Finalists also include the ambassadors inspiring those organisations to do better. The 2023 Chrous Ambassadorship Award finalists are:

  • TVNZ: Aziz Al-Sa’afin
  • Blueprint for Learning: Patrice Dennis
  • Ventia: Acacia Cochise
  • Aurecon NZ: Waldo Posthumus
  • Downer New Zealand: Jake Barker
  • Les Mills International: Kendall Farmer

Plus The Newmarket Business Association Executive Leadership Award are:

  • ASB Bank Limited: Carl Ferguson
  • Downer New Zealand: Craig West

“I am excited to celebrate our Rainbow Ambassadors again this year. This is always such a highlight seeing so many incredible people making a difference every day in their organisations,” Martin tells us proudly.

The winners will be announced at the 2023 Awards ceremony on 27 September at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel.