About us.

The Diversity Agenda is a joint initiative from

Engineering New Zealand
ACE New Zealand

Engineering New Zealand is a non-profit membership organisation that promotes the integrity and interests of its 22,000 members and the wider engineering profession.

Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects has around 4,000 members made up of architects working in New Zealand and overseas, architecture students and graduates, teachers of architecture and retired architects.

The Association of Consulting and Engineering New Zealand is a non-profit membership organisation that represents more than 250 consultancy firms working in the built and natural environment, ranging from large global firms to employee-owned SMEs. ACE is the consultant’s champion, the voice for professional services consulting and engineering in Aotearoa.

What is the Diversity Agenda?

Engineers and architects create the world around us, making people’s lives better, healthier and more connected. We want the architecture and engineering professions to represent everyone, so the world you create is as diverse and inspiring as the people in it.

The Diversity Agenda is an award-winning programme and movement that aims to help engineering and architecture firms become more diverse and inclusive through awareness, empowerment and action.

Our vision is for our industry to be inclusive, respectful and representative of society – where everyone feels safe and valued in their workplaces, and young people want to be engineers and architects.

The Diversity Agenda is here to make better professions for all – women, Māori, Pacific Peoples, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodiverse and other minority groups.

We encourage engineering and architecture firms, and firms that work within these industries, to sign up as members to show they’re serious about diversity and inclusion, and to benefit from access to our resources, events, tools and tips.

We also encourage business leaders to take a step further and sign the Diversity Agenda Accord, which is a clear set of principles that they commit to and a key tool for achieving change. Chief executives and business owners must submit data annually for the Accord Industry Impact Report, making them publicly accountable for achieving truly diverse industries.

The movement continues to gain momentum. We have countless conversations across Aotearoa with firms and individuals about the benefit of the Diversity Agenda.

We run national and regional events that bring together engineering and architecture professionals to hear from guest speakers who are leading the way in diversity and inclusion and championing the cause.

We provide a supportive space for the growing network of diversity and inclusion representatives in engineering and architecture to discuss challenges, celebrate the wins, work on new initiatives and learn together.

We publish interviews with industry leaders, celebrate individuals and programmes that are making a difference, and share top tips to help businesses become more diverse and inclusive.

And we’ve picked up a few accolades along the way. We were awarded ‘Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative’ at the FIDIC International Federation of Consulting Engineers Excellence Awards 2019 in Mexico City, and we were a finalist in the ‘Emerging Diversity and Inclusion’ category at the Diversity Awards NZ 2019.


Our people.

Our team includes our Diversity Agenda staff, our steering committee and our diversity, equity and inclusion industry leads.


Find out which organisations are members of the Diversity Agenda.
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