Pink Shirt Day 2021

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21 May 2021

Youth Horizons | Kia Puāwai joins with many other organisations, schools, kura, communities and whānau in the wero (challenge) to stand against bullying. No matter a person’s culture, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, ability, background or social status, everyone deserves to live in a society where they feel safe, comfortable to be who they want to be, and accepted for their true self.

Started back in 2007 when two students in Canada stood up against homophobic bullying against one of their male peers for wearing a pink shirt, Pink Shirt Day is celebrated and acknowledged all around the world. The purpose of Pink Shirt Day in Aotearoa is to challenge discrimination and bullying, and that’s a kaupapa we are fully on board with!

At Youth Horizons | Kia Puāwai, we celebrate diversity and promote kindness and inclusivity. We are striving, through our journey to achieve the Rainbow Tick, to be known as a place of mahi that is safe and embracing of all people. This haerenga (journey) supports our aspiration of ‘accepting others as their whole selves without judgement and stigma’. You can read more about our Rainbow Tick haerenga here.

Join with us in the wero (challenge): ‘kōrero mai, kōrero atu, mauri tū, mauri ora’ | ‘speak up, stand together, stop bullying’.

Check out our Kia Puāwai crew around Aotearoa standing together (lookin good in māwhero!) to stop bullying and celebrate our workmates, rangatahi, whānau, community and country, no matter who they are or how they identify.

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Some of our Leadership, National Office and Auckland Operations teams at our pink-themed morning tea!

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Our Te Tai Tokerau wāhine with some pink treats on Pink Shirt Day!


Our Waikato whānau celebrated Pink Shirt Day and also acknowledged breast cancer!