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NZ Police wins top diversity award

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/08/2016

Moves by New Zealand Police to get more women in the force have gained it the top prize in this year's Diversity Awards.

Diversity Works NZ chief executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie says the organisation deserves the Supreme Award for the lengths it had gone to in the past two years to recruit, retain and promote female officers.

She says after independent reviews outlined a lack of progress in gender diversity, police commissioner Mike Bush and his team introduced two major initiatives.

One was a recruitment campaign aimed at women, the other was the Women in Blue reality TV series, and they contributed to record growth in female recruits graduating from the Royal NZ Police College.

Last year, 36 per cent of graduates were women, compared with 24 per cent in 2012.

"It's no simple task to change the culture of a large organisation, especially when you're dealing with an issue that has been impacting the workforce for a long period of time," Mrs Cassidy-Mackenzie said.

Diversity Works NZ was previously known as the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust and the awards are in their 19th year.

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