Our employee networks are a key enabler to helping us deliver against our diversity and inclusion objectives.
Find out more about our employee networks:
The Kiwi Asia network (KASIA)
The KASIA network is designed to bring together Air New Zealand employees who are connected and interested in Asia and to support the interaction through culture and across the business. The network will strive to leverage in-house knowledge and cultural intelligence and contribute to the success of our people and company in Asia markets as well as in New Zealand. Employees don't have to be of Asian descent to join the network – we welcome all Air New Zealanders who are interested and want to be connected!
The Manu network
The Manu network has been established by Maori and Pacific Island employees to showcase and celebrate Polynesian language and cultures within Air New Zealand; provide a forum for Maori and Pacific Islanders to learn, be inspired and grow; encourage networking; and to support our aspiration to become a more inclusive, diverse and culturally aware organisation. Employees don't have to be of Maori or Pacific Island descent to join the network – we also welcome supporters and those who would like to learn.
'Manu' means bird in many Polynesian languages. Traditionally, birds were important in Polynesian culture – regarded as chiefly, they provided feathers which adorned headwear and cloaks, and were also used by navigators to discover Aotearoa.
Air New Zealand has a Pride Network for LGBTQI employees and is a long-term supporter of the Auckland Pride Parade, an annual event that celebrates New Zealand's LGBTQI Community.
This group is designed to support employees of all sexual orientations so we can be proud of offering an inclusive workplace at Air New Zealand. As well as being open to members of the Pride community, the network also welcomes Pride supporters and allies.
The Returned and Services network
The Returned and Services employee network has been established to bring together Air NZ employees that are returned and/or ex-service people. Our vision is to create a thriving and inclusive network that connects and develops the careers of Air NZ employees that are returned and ex-service people.
To achieve the vision, the network will connect and support the interaction of ex-defence service-people promoting camaraderie and a sense of community, support the integration of returned and ex-service-people to help them thrive in corporate life, create and leverage positive Defence Force and Air NZ brand affiliation where appropriate as well as culminating in a main event on ANZAC Day and attract and recruit returned and ex-service talent – becoming an employer of choice.
The Women's network
We're committed to having 50 per cent female representation in our Senior Leadership Team by 2020. To help achieve this target, Air New Zealand has set up a Women's Network in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, organising events, coaching and mentoring for women throughout the business.
The Air New Zealand Women's Network is designed to connect, grow and inspire women across our company. All women are automatically added to this network when they join the company
The Young professionals' network (YOPRO)
Our Young Professionals Network for under 30s helps Air New Zealanders across the business who are in the early stages of their career develop their skills and progress their careers within Air New Zealand.
The network will grow our leaders of tomorrow, future proof our business initiatives and drive innovation. Through the network, Air New Zealand young professionals will have the opportunity to learn and build capabilities, network with other Air New Zealanders and be introduced to inspiring thought leaders to grow their careers.
The Disability Network
Within Air New Zealand there is a high chance that a colleague, friend or the person you sit next to has had to deal with the impact of disability in some form or another whether it be their own or someone dear to them. The Disability Network has been established to deliver a support network for all Air New Zealanders who are faced with disability, whether it be their own or someone close to them.
Together as a network, we hope that through the right conversations and removal of bias anything seen as abnormal today will be the new normal tomorrow. Our aim is to make it so that every time you turn up to work you will be met with support and acceptance and feel confident that abilities are seen before disabilities.