United against bullying
May 20, 2022
We’re wearing pink shirts to speak up, stand together and stop bullying.
Pink Shirt Day aims to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.
This year for Pink Shirt Day, we’re sharing information, resources and putting up posters around the office so our staff can identify bullying and feel confident calling it out if they see it.
Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
Kristine Hornblow, one of our Financial Wellbeing Coaches, said:
“I’m proud to be wearing pink today to stand up against bullying. I’m also proud to be working for an organisation that prioritises a culture of wellbeing, and is made up of staff who care and support each other inside and outside of work.”
Despite being located all over New Zealand, our staff get together online for half an hour for a wellbeing break each week. It can consist of anything – as long as it’s not related to work. It could be a quiz, a get your body moving session or just a general chat.
“Even though most of my team is based in Auckland, I feel more connected than I have with other face-to-face teams because of initiatives like our weekly catch-ups,” Kristine said.
Our Chief Executive, Fleur Howard, added:
“Pink Shirt Day is an important wellbeing initiative that our organisation supports. It’s great to see our staff wearing pink today, seeing resources being shared and discussed – ultimately taking a stand against bullying.”