Diversity and Inclusion

We seek diversity and inclusion, and to reflect New Zealand’s communities.

We want to hire people from a wide range of social and ethnic cultures and backgrounds. Working for us means being a valued part of our inclusive team.

Our people are essential to our mission

We look for people from a range of backgrounds with different perspectives and we work hard to remove bias from our selection process.

We are also on the beginning of our journey to lifting our capability as Treaty partners and in understanding, respecting and incorporating Te Ao Māori perspectives into our every day work.

How we value diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion delivers strength. We need a diverse workforce to meet New Zealand’s rapidly changing security challenges. We need people with diversity of thought and culture, and differing experiences and skills and we need to value and incorporate these differences into how we work. A range of strengths will help us to keep New Zealanders safe.

Diversity and inclusion is also a key contributor to maintaining public trust and confidence in the work we do.

A strategy to attract the best

We’ve had a strategy for diversity and inclusion since 2018. We’re committed to:

  • diversity in all forms, with a focus on gender and ethnicity
  • inclusive work practices so we can attract and retain a diverse workforce and value and benefit from its different perspectives
  • continually developing our diversity and inclusion capability.

We set our strategy to help attract the best talent. That could include you, even if you’ve never thought of working for us before.

You can join staff network groups to add your voice to our diversity and help bring our strategy to life.

Seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds

We encourage diversity in all its forms. It’s a journey for us, and our goal is ‘He waka eke noa: We’re in the canoe together, no exceptions’.

There is still more work to be done.

We’ve been focusing on attracting more women and more people from ethnically diverse backgrounds to consider a career with us.

Our accreditation and awards

Our Rainbow Tick Accreditation in 2019 was a key milestone. The Rainbow Tick says we accept and value people in the workplace, and we embrace diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities.  

In 2020 we received the Supreme Award at the annual Rainbow Excellence awards.

In 2021 our Chief People Officer won The Rainbow Excellence Ambassadorship Award for driving improvements with rainbow inclusion.

In 2022 we received the Diversity Awards NZ Leadership Award in the medium-large category.

Bring your whole self to work

If you join us, we want you to bring your whole self to work. We’re committed to a culture that recognises and values all facets of our people. We drive this in ways that create awareness and support for everyone, such as:

  • guidelines for managers and staff, for supporting people who transition:
  • our staff network groups: