Proud of our people

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4 June 2019
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Our Pride Network - Te Whānau Uenuku ki ACC is the first step toward better representing and serving LGBTQIA+ people.

Being diverse and inclusive is vital if we're to do the best job we can for all New Zealanders.

In February, we launched Te Whānau Uenuku ki ACC - the Pride Network. It's an advocacy group for LGBTQIA+ people working at ACC. It’s the first step in the journey toward better representing and serving them as both staff and customers.

The goal of the Pride Network

"Our key values are making sure LGBTQIA+ people feel safe, valued and visible at ACC," says Caitlin, one of the founders of the Pride Network.

Garth, another member of the network echoes this: "It’s about making sure people who are comfortable being out feel safe and visible, and know that there is a group within the organisation that really supports them."

We want to help ACC become a fully inclusive, safe place for LGBTQIA+ people to work. A place where people feel that no matter who you are, how you identify or who you choose to love - you are included.
- Mathias, member of Te Whānau Uenuku ki ACC.

What the future holds

The Pride Network is still in the process of establishing itself, and its existence alone is not a silver bullet.

But it's the start of a journey for us toward becoming a completely inclusive organisation.

“ACC is really serious about being an organisation that respects diversity. So, this network provides a forum to be able to come together to discuss things, be visible, support each other and have a voice in the organisation," says Garth.

"The Pride Network also provides us with an opportunity to think about how we can support our customers who are in the rainbow communities. How can we provide information and help the organisation understand the issues that people are facing? How can we help clients in their recovery by being sensitive to their needs?"

People holding sign at Pride Parade

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