Media mentions

NZWRI is regularly mentioned in the media. A selection of articles is listed below:

Million Milestones: New levels of tolerance needed as NZ counts down to 5 million

NZ Herald, 17 May 2019

As New Zealand reaches 5 million people, its future will be more culturally diverse than ever. Director of Diversity, Edwina Pio, spoke to NZ Herald about cultivating racial and religious tolerance in New Zealand and explained the necessary changes at the micro, meso and macro levels.

Pay equity legislation jumps hurdle and heads into second reading

Stuff, 15 May 2019

Equal pay for work of equal value could be a step closer as the NZ Government moves the Pay Equity amendment to its second reading. However, research by Associate Professor Katherine Ravenswood and Julie Douglas found that the effectiveness of the pay rises under the Pay Equity Settlement were questionable.

Historic pay equity settlement for NZ care workers delivers mixed results

The Conversation, 28 March 2019

Associate Professor Katherine Ravenswood and Dr Julie Douglas have launched their report 'The Value of Care: Understanding the impact of the 2017 Pay Equity Settlement on the residential aged care, home and communinty care and disability support sectors'. Results indicate that while the increased wages have made a big differences to care and support workers' lives, there have been unintended negative consequences as well.

How to move beyond simplistic debates that demonise Islam

The Conversation, 21 March 2019

In her recent opinion piece, University Director of Diversity, Professor Edwina Pio, recommends three diversity initiatives as tools for reducing Islamophobia: (1) Emphasising positive counter narratives; (2) Creating compassionate disruptors; and (3) Highlighting social cohesion.

Is corporate social responsibility a new area of competitive advantage?

AUTi, 19 March 2019

Leading figures from the business community came together at an American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and United Way breakfast hosted by AUT Business School to discuss corporate philanthropy and societal responsibility as a way of delivering improved commercial, social and environmental outcomes. AUT's Head of International Business, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor Simon Mowatt, commented on such social contributions.

Discarded Hindu religious statues at Auckland beaches raise concern

NZ Herald, 11 March 2019

Statues of Hindu gods, goddesses and deities are being discarded at Auckland beaches as part of a religious practice. Director of Diversity, Professor Edwina Pio, said usually after a religious festival or celebration statues are 'released' into the sea or lakes.

What if your weekend started this morning?

Newshub Nation, 7 March 2019

In an interview by Newshub Nation, Professor Jarrod Haar explains that New Zealanders "are not productive all the time". If we give people the incentive to focus and produce their normal work within four days, with the reward being a fifth day off, then we can achieve the same productivity but with improved mental health outcomes.

Michelin-star Indian chef and Chinese fine dining, but can Kiwis look beyond butter chicken and fried won tons?

NZ Herald, 3 March 2019

Two new Asian eateries have opened in Auckland with offerings of modern Indian cuisine and cocktails. AUT Director of Diversity, Professor Edwina Pio, said New Zealanders have a "colonial hangover", thinking that fine dining belonged exclusively to Europeans.

Work-life balance: 'An issue that's time has come'

Stuff NZ, 23 February 2019

Due to the success of Perpetual Guardian's four-day working week, a tool kit for implementing the policy has now been released. Professor Jarrod Haar, who analysed the original trial, said having a four-day working week increases trust in management and across teams because people rely upon each other to get work done.

Struggle is real with the holiday juggle

NZ Herald, 20 January 2019

A study by AUT's Jarrod Haar and Candice Harris showed that school holidays clearly create pertinent issues for NZ parents. How can companies help? Potential solutions include enhanced flexibility during the school holiday weeks, provide holiday childcare or program subsidies, or give staff the ability to work remotely and/or part-time during the holiday weeks.

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