OFFICIAL INFORMATION ACT 1982- REQUEST TO THE NZ DEFENCE FORCE – WELLINGTON OIA 2023-4687 24th April 2023 Reference: Accreditation as a Rainbow Tick Employer. What are the costs involved in maintaining this certification. What are the upfront costs for becoming Rainbow Tick accredited


New Zealand Defence Force is Rainbow tick certified.. For the 2018/19 financial year, the programme fee was $10, 000. Subsequently, the fee has been $12,000 per annum and has been paid to 30 June 2023. The contract was renewed for one year in 2022 for one year to 30 June 2023 under the same conditions . NZ Defence Force took out the Top Spot Award at the Rainbow Excellence Awards for continuous progress in relation to the inclusion of Rainbow Communities. The Defence Force was also reaccredited the Rainbow Tick, rolled out training workshops with Pride Pledge, and supported the Big Gay Out event. The Military steps up for the LBBTQ + Community  (Human Resources Director. Ref Diversity Inclusion) 7th July 2023.

A  Deloitte report stated in 2023 that the NZ Defence Force is prioritizing LGBTQ1+ Inclusiveness and Diversity. In 2013 the NZ Defence Force at the Hague Centre were reported to be the most ‘Inclusive’ military in the world. NZ Defence Force started working for the LGBTQ community in 2009. They established an LGBTQ1+ Group which quickly gained traction, this expanded to the Navy, Army and NZFF Civilian workforce. In 2012 the ‘Overwatch Network’ was formed establishing support for LGBTQ+ community within the NZDF.  Marching in Pride Marches since 2013. Gaining the Rainbow Tick in 2019 completing the Diversity and Inclusion Assessment process. Then they won the Rainbow Inclusion Awards in 2021. The NZ Defence Force published a comprehensive 33 Page Document referring to NZDF support of the Rainbow community.

NOTE: As a researcher I personally believe that Diversity Equity Inclusion DEI is a very dangerous slippery slope that is massively embedded in NZ Industries, Military, Local and Central Govts, NGO’s, Schools, Universities. This is where the ‘demon -cancel culture lives’

Rainbow Tick helps boost DEI efforts

NZDF gained the Rainbow Tick in 2019 — a certification mark for organization’s that complete a Diversity & Inclusion assessment process

NZDF then published a comprehensive 33-page document that touched on every level of the organization and outlined what each person could do to support rainbow inclusion – from leadership to the newest recruit walking through the gate – and the force’s work won them a gong at the Rainbow Inclusion Awards in 2021.


I refer to your email of 4 April 2023 requesting, under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA), information about New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) accreditation as a Rainbow Tick employer.

This is a request for official information under the Official Information Act 1982 relating to accreditations that the force has received. We request information that answers the following questions: -How long has the force been affiliated with or accredited as a ‘Rainbow Tick’ employer? –

What are the costs that are involved with maintaining this certification? – What were the upfront costs for becoming accredited? – Please provide copy of any contracts signed any other applicable conditions or criteria your agency must abide by as part of accreditation. The NZDF has held Rainbow Tick accreditation since 2019. There were no ‘up-front’ costs to join the Rainbow Tick programme. For the 2018/19 financial year, the programme fee was $10, 000. Subsequently, the fee has been $12,000 per annum and has been paid to 30 June 2023. Enclosed is a copy of the agreement between Rainbow Tick and the NZDF that was signed in November 2020. Redactions have been made in accordance with section 9(2)(a) ofthe OIA to protect the privacy of individuals. The contract was renewed for one year in 2022 for one year to 30 June 2023 under the same conditions. You have the right, under section 28(3) of the OIA, to ask an Ombudsman to review this response to your request. Information about how to make a complaint is available at or freephone 0800 802 602. Responses to official information requests are proactively released where possible. This response to your request will be published shortly on the NZDF website, with your personal information removed . Yours sincerely AJ WOODS Air Commodore Chief of Staff HQNZDF Enclosure:-

  1. Signed agreement between Rainbow Tick and NZDF, November 2020 Released under the Official Information Act 1982 RAINBOW TICK TRAINING AND EVALUATION AGREEMENT 1. Main Terms of Agreement Our name and address: Your name and address: RAINBOW TICK j Kahui Tu Kaha Limited Level 1, 650 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland PO Box 74270, Greenlane 1051 New Zealand Defence Force Defence House 34 Bowen St Thorndon Wellington Rainbow Tick Programme: Two Year Prgoramme FTE Number —,. ……….. thla .. . .. I Commencement Date: I July 12019 I Completion Date: \ ) I Programme Fee: Our representative: Client Representative
  2. Definitions I July 12021 I Per annum $ 12,000 (+GST) Julie Watson Programme Manager Rainbow Tick Mobile: s.9(2}{i}l Name: Dean Pascoe Email: Ph: Phone: [5.9(2)\i)-. —————–2.1 In this Agreement, except where stated otherwise, the following words shall have the following meanings: (a) Client Representative means the person appointed by you as your principal point of contact w ith authority to give us instructi 9. Intellectual Property Ownership ~–~——–~~———————

9.1 You: 9.1.1 Acknowledge that we are the owner of the Intellectual Property and nothing in this Agreement shall transfer ownership to you; 9.1.2 Shall not during this Agreement or at any future time register or use any of the Intellectual Property in your own name as proprietor; 9.1.

3 Recognize our title to the Intellectual Property and shall not claim any right, title or interest in the Intellectual Property or any part of it except where granted by this Agreement. 9.2 The Rainbow Resources are provided to you in order to assist you to create a workplace that is a safe and inclusive place for people of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation. You shall use the Rainbow Resources only for the purposes for which they were provided and not provide, directly or indirectly, the Rainbow Resources to any third party except with our prior written consent. 9.3 Upon being awarded Rainbow Tick Certification in accordance with clauses 5.2 and 5.

4 we will grant you a royalty free licence to use the Rainbow Tick in the following manner: 9.3.1 In conjunction with any job advertising carried out by you; 9.3.2 As part of any organizational or business promotion intended to promote your workplace as a safe and inclusive place for people of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation. 9.4 Your use of the Rainbow Tick is subject to the following conditions: 9.4.1 The Rainbow Tick shall not be adapted or modified except with our consent; 9.4.2 You agree to cease using the Rainbow Tick for any particular purpose where we consider in our so le discretion that the use of the Rainbow Tick is inappropriate or brings the Rainbow Tick into disrepute; 9.4.3 You shall not assign the benefit of Rainbow Tick Certification or grant any sub-licenses except with our express written consent; 9.4.4 You shall immediately cease using the Rainbow Tick upon the expiration of the licence granted under clause 5.2. 9.

5 Upon completion of a Rainbow Tick Evaluation Report and payment of the Programme Fee, we agree to transfer the copyright in that report to you subject to your agreement to permit us to use the data comprised in the Rainbow Tick Evaluation Report for research, analysis, and marketing purposes providing that we do not identify any individuals or you in such research, analysis, or marketing except with your express consent. Released under the Official Information Act 1982

10.1 This Agreement and any discussions leading to the execution of this Agreement shall remain confidential between us.

10.2 We acknowledge that you are a commercial concern. Except as required by law, we will treat as confidential all information which comes into our possession pursuant to or as a result of, or in the of this whether such information relates to your internal policies or otherwise, we will not, without your prior written permission, disclose any such information.

10.3 If we collect personal information about people employed by you, we will collect and hold that information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993.

11.1 No amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall in any event be of any effect, unless it is in writing, signed by both of us or, in the case of a waiver, by the party giving it.

12.1 This Agreement comprises the entire agreement between us; it supersedes any previous agreements and negotiations relating to your provision of services to us, and no other terms and conditions, express or implied, shall form part of the Agreement. 1

3.1 You may not sell, transfer, assign or sub-contract all or any part of your interests or obligations under this Agreement.

14.1 We acknowledge our intention that all questions or differences which may arise between us concerning this Agreement, its subject matter or interpretation, will be resolved amicably by negotiation

. 14.2 Where any question or difference is not resolved, either of us may require the dispute to be referred to mediation by giving notice to the other party setting out the nature of the mediation. Released under the Official Information Act 1982

14.3 We shall agree on the appointment of a mediator, but in the absence of agreement a mediator shall be appointed by AMINZ.

14.4 The costs of the mediation other than the parties’ legal costs will be borne equally by the parties, who w ill be jointly and severally liable to the mediator in respect of the mediator’s fees. 1


15.1 Neither party shall at any time take any steps to bring the reputation or good standing of the other party to this Agreement into disrepute. SIGNED BY: Barbara Browne {CEO) On behalf of Kahui Tli Kaha Limited s. )( ) Date: ( {1/ z.o SIGNED BY: Dean Pascoe On behalf of New Zealand Defence Force s.9(2)(a) Date: /7 V


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