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Te Mana Oranga Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award

The Te Mana Oranga Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises those businesses in Tai Tokerau that are actively working to reduce the stigma and create employment opportunities for people affected by mental health or addiction challenges.

This Award celebrates organisations that understand the inherent value in providing meaningful employment and training opportunities that foster wellbeing and connectedness. They recognise the impact of creating an inclusive workplace and the benefits to the employee, their whanau, the business, and the wider communities that they serve.

Anyone at any time can be affected by mental health and addictions challenges, in fact 1 in 5 New Zealanders live with mental illness and or addiction1. People with mental health conditions are three times more likely to be unemployed, this heightens the risk of poverty and often compounds together with the other health and social challenges. 1

Inclusive businesses celebrate the resilience, and strength of their employees and recognise the value that their experiences can bring to the organisation.

Award criteria:
To be eligible for this award, your business must have been trading for a minimum of two years.
The business must be able to evidence that they have provided meaningful training and/or employment to an employee or employees that have experienced mental health and/or addiction.

Opening date 1st July – closing date for nominations has been extended to Friday 15th October. 

Nominate: Te Mana Oranga Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award

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  • All submissions need to cover the following questions.

  • When answering please consider the following points.
    How your business works in partnership with local community services who support mental health and addictions services?
    Evidence that shows your organisations commitment to employ people living with mental health and or addiction challenges. E.g. could be a commitment statement, organisational policies or past recruitment- employment history etc.
    Explain how you provide support for employees with mental health and addiction challenges, please give evidence e.g. a photo of a flowchart or verbal description of a policy statement etc.
    Remember to include all the different ways you actively and visibly work to reduce the stigma attached to mental health and addictions and those locked out of employment.
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A panel of three judges, two from Te Mana Oranga and one representative from the District Health Board will decide the winner.


All information pertaining to personal details of employees, eg name or identifying specifics, referenced in the submission must be shared with the employees express permission, permission form provided with entry form. OR submitted in such a way as to guard their privacy. The use of pseudonyms or generic references such as he/she/they are acceptable.

About Te Mana Oranga Trust – Sponsor of the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award

Te Mana Oranga Trust has been providing support to those who suffer from mental health and addictions for more than twenty years in the Far North, and more recently in the Mid-north for the past six years. The aim is to help them develop the skills needed to live independent, fulfilling lives in the community.





1Report can be found at: Health and Disability Commissioner, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Mental Health Services and Addiction Services – The monitoring and advocacy report of the Mental Health Commissioner (2020):