16 October 2019 – The finalists for the sixth annual Equal Pay Awards have been announced today highlighting businesses,
Not-For-Profits and individuals who have made significant progress in creating gender equal workplaces. This is welcome
news for working women in New Zealand as the national gender pay gap of 9.3% has not moved since 2017.
Workplace Programme Lead of the Y Auckland, Zoe Brownlie says that the awards play a critical part in closing New
Zealand’s gender pay gap. “Some companies are making great progress in this area – they know that embracing diversity –
including attracting and retaining a range of women in the workforce – pays dividends to their bottom line. We also know
that companies that have diversity at the board level do better than those who don’t. Over the past six years we have
seen a rise in companies addressing their gender pay gap and the number of new entrants and new sectors represented in
2019 is proof of this” she says.
The Y Auckland harnessed the shared experiences of Equal Pay Award entrants to launch the Gender Tick accreditation
programme in October 2018. Both programmes reflect the Y’s 130 years of experience in the development and support for
women and young women in particular. Y Auckland CEO, Dellwyn Stuart says that New Zealand is making incremental but
unspectacular progress for women. “The Equal Pay Awards are one lever that encourage businesses to maximise the
potential of their female workforce but change at the systems level is required to boost the work done by individual
companies. We recognise that the values and actions of everyone, including boys and men, are part of the solution “ she
Proudly sponsored by AUT, Coca Cola Amatil and Sky City Entertainment Group, the Awards recognise those at every stage
of the equal pay journey in six categories - five for organisations and one for an individual.
A Supreme Winner will be announced on the night from the entrants in the five organisational categories who have
provided a full gender dashboard, including gender pay gap and leadership representation.
The Innovation Award recognises organisations who have taken a bespoke or experimental approach to closing their gender
pay gap. The judges are company director Rob Campbell, Chief Executive of the EMA, Brett O’Riley
and Callaghan Innovation Head of People and Capability, Esther Livingston.
Finalists: FrankAdvice and Wintec
The On The Journey Award reflects the importance of data in sizing the equal pay issue in a workplace . The judges are
General Manager – Northern Consulting, Strategic Pay, Michelle Gapes, Head of Communications and Education for
Simplicity Kiwisaver, Amanda Morrall, and AUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Andrea Vujnovich
Finalists: AUT, Neilson, Xero and Yellow
The Progressive Award commends firms who have demonstrated their commitment to Equal Pay in their workplace and continue
to make sustained advances and improvements to address the issue. CEO of the Institute of Directors, Kirsten (KP)
Patterson and Susan Lowe, General Manager People and Culture at Coca Cola Amatil were joined by Performance and Reward
Specialist, Helene Higbee to judge this award.
Finalists: Auckland Council, Chorus, Kensington Swan and KPMG
The Community Award acknowledges that profit-for-purpose or not-for-profit organisations have unique pay challenges
compared to the private sector. This year two new judges assessed the award. They are experienced Governance Lead and
Director of Change the Narrative, Sally Morrison and the CEO of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ),
Michelle Berriman who joined RemNet Committee Member and Chief People Officer of Volpara Health Technologies, Kathryn
Finalists: Auckland District Health Board, Auckland Council and MOTAT.
The Leadership Award celebrates companies who understand the benefits of workplace gender equality and are leading the
way for others to follow. The judging panel is Annamarie Jamieson, People and Culture Director at Stuff, Martin King,
Owner and Director at South Pacific Pride Ltd and Claire Walker, Chief People and Culture Officer at Sky City
Finalists: AIA, Chorus and Perpetual Guardian
The 2019 Champion Award recognises an outstanding individual driving equal pay in an organisation. The judges are Chief
Executive of the Ministry for Women, Renee Graham, ANZLF Indigenous Business Co-Chair, Traci Houpapa and one of the
country’s youngest tech entrepreneurs Ezel Kokcu of Passphere.
Finalists: Angela Meyer, Double Denim. Mahsa Mohaghegh, Founder/ Director She#, Senior Lecturer at Auckland University
of Technology. Gillian Brookes, social entrepreneur and founder of My Kids Village.
The winners will be awarded at a celebratory event on November 12th in Auckland.