Michael Stevens with Louisa Wall and Kevin Hague The Rainbow Tick programme has been launched in Wellington. It's designed to make an organisation a safe, welcoming and inclusive place for people of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation. The Rainbow Tick's Wellington launch at Parliament on Wednesday night was hosted by Labour MP Louisa Wall, who opened the proceedings with a powerful speech in support of the work. She was followed by the National MP Nikki Kaye who spoke in support of real inclusion in the workplace and the benefits this brings to business. Green MP Kevin Hague and Labour MP Grant Robertson were also on hand to support the initiative. The keynote speaker was Brigadier Howard Duffy of the New Zealand Defence Force who discussed how the New Zealand military is benefiting from being open to and including people from the lgbti world, and is committed to a Defence Force that all represent all facets of New Zealand society. Michael Stevens, the Programme Director of the Rainbow Tick, told those gathered about the development of the programme, how it works and the progress that has been made already in Auckland with companies such as Sky City, ASB, Simpson Grierson and Coca-Cola Amatil.
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First published: Friday, 1st August 2014 - 11:34am
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