Five resources to help you boost D&I efforts in 2021.

It’s a new year, and with a new year comes new goals and ambitions. Perhaps there are some areas of diversity and inclusion you haven’t explored yet, or you want to improve on?
Check out our resources from over the years to give you insights and advice into how to be a more diverse and inclusive organisation.

How do we shape a profession that’s reflective of Aotearoa?

Last year, we hosted an online panel discussion about the low number of Māori engineers and what can be done to make the profession more encouraging and inclusive of our indigenous people.

The kōrero took place between four expert engineers who generously shared their experiences and insights as minority voices working in Aotearoa New Zealand’s construction industry.

Big interview: Bridget Burdett

People with disabilities use roads and buildings too, so why don’t we include them in our designs? 

In this Big Interview from last August, we chatted with Bridget Burdett, Principal Researcher and Chartered Engineer at MRCagney. Bridgit shares her thoughts on the importance of disabled representation within the profession.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi and equity in architecture

Last November, Ngā Aho member Jade Kake and Ngā Aho Co-Chair Desna Whaanga-Schollum hosted a webinar, where they explained the relevance and importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to the architectural profession.

The pair also discuss key issues the profession faces, including the low representation of Māori and BIPOC, cultural considerations and kaupapa Māori approaches to practice.

Speaking out for more LGBT inclusion in STEM

We all know that women in particular face challenges when it comes to pursuing a career in STEM fields. But another group of people faces similar issues around a lack of role models, lack of inclusive work environments and lack of understanding: the LGBTQ+ community.

In this Big Interview from 2019, Callum Smith, a Geospatial Consultant at Aurecon, and advocate speaking out in an effort to increase LGBTQ+ representation in our professions.

Big Interview: Elisapeta Heta

At the end of 2019, we spoke with Elisapeta Heta, an architecture graduate from Jasmax.

Elisapeta is Kaihautu Whaihanga – Māori Design Leader of Waka Māia, a team of dedicated design professionals who specialise in engaging Mana Whenua and applying the Te Aranga Māori Design Principles.

The power of the Pasifika lens

This article covers key points from an online panel discussion we hosted about the low number of Pasifika engineers and architects, and what can be done to make the professions more encouraging and inclusive for Pasifika people.

The kōrero took place between five experts from within engineering and architecture. They provided insight into their experience as Pasifika within the professions, challenges they’ve faced, the unique Pasifika perspective, and what can be done so our professions are more inclusive and encouraging.

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