Diversity means more than race and gender. At St John we understand the value of creating environments where many different voices are heard and all opinions are valued and considered.

Celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori  

Every year at Hato Hone St John, we celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori language week) as part of our commitment to keeping te Reo Māori strong for future generations.

Throughout the week online learning sessions are hosted by Kāhui Mauaka (Māori Responsiveness Team), encompassing a fun programme of learning, including greetings, new kupu (words)) and singing waiata (songs).

Below you can find tools to help you celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori including posters, kupu cards and a list of 100 words to start you on your journey!





KIA KAHA landscape POSTER 



 Social media assets 


Voices come from people who may or may not be of the same gender identity, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, access need, personality type and/or thinking style. At St John we draw upon these unique experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to advance our organisational goals and better help the communities we serve.

 St John at Pride 2017

Rainbow Communities

St John has a proud history of supporting and being involved with Pride Festivals throughout New Zealand including the Auckland Pride Parade, Big Gay Out, Queenstown Winter Pride Festival and the Wellington International Pride Parade. In 2018 we were thrilled to have our Chief Executive, Peter Bradley, along with many of the Executive Leadership Team lead the way in the Parade.

In 2018 St John also launched a rainbow version of the St John logo along with a pride strapline “Here for Life, Here for Love” which we proudly displayed throughout the Auckland Pride Festival on merchandise, t-shirts our website and across our social media channels.

Our members get involved in pride events regardless of their sexual orientation, to join together to celebrate equality and diversity in Aotearoa. At St John New Zealand, each of us is different and unique, but we are united in the shared mission to step forward when help is needed. For better. For life. 

Greater diversity allows us to harness a richer range of ideas, insights and perspectives to better understand and serve our communities. As an inclusive organisation, St John is committed to being a wonderful place for LGBT+ people to work and volunteer, we proudly gained Rainbow Tick certification in January 2017 and took the Pride Pledge in 2018.