Pink Shirt Day NZ

The EQ Consultants team joined the movement to prevent bullying and spread aroha and kindness on Friday 17th May. Pink Shirt Day NZ encourages everyone to get together and stop by celebrating diversity and promoting positive social relationships.

We took part in Pink Shirt Day NZ to show our support for workplaces where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or cultural background.

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new year 10 student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink.

Workplace bullying, harassment, and discrimination

Employers are responsible for setting the example of what is acceptable in the workplace.

‘Creating a workplace culture where all people are respected, and putting in place appropriate policies may reduce employer liability if inappropriate behaviour happens. Employers need to remember that verbal attacks which harass or hurt an employee can be just as significant as physical threats or attacks.’ Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Employers should be aware of the Employment Relations Act 2000 and the Human Rights Act 1993 to ensure they can respond and deal with any workplace bullying, harassment or discrimination immediately and effectively.

What next?

If you would like to create a more inclusive culture within your organisation, or for more information about responding to issues in the workplace call (03) 366 4034 or email

Pink Shirt Day NZ

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