IMAGE Historic image of traditional Maori Ta Moko

first_imgIMAGE: Historic image of traditional Maori Ta Moko/maori.comHaving just picked up a well deserved accolade for diversity and inclusion, it should come as no surprise to learn that Air New Zealand has announced changes that will see all employees, including uniformed staff, able to proudly display their non-offensive tattoos at work.From 1 September all new and existing Air New Zealand employees will be able to have Tā Moko (traditional Maori tattoos) and non-offensive tattoos visible when wearing their uniform or normal business attire.Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the airline is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace that truly reflects the makeup of Aotearoa.“I’m extremely proud to be making this announcement. It reinforces our position at the forefront of the airline industry in embracing diversity and enabling employees to express individuality or cultural heritage.“We felt it was important that this change apply equally to all Air New Zealanders. We want to liberate all our staff including uniform wearers such as cabin crew, pilots and airport customer service teams who will, for the first time, be able to have non-offensive tattoos visible when wearing their uniforms.“In conversations we’ve had with customers and our own people domestically and overseas in the past five months, it’s clear that there is growing acceptance of tattoos in New Zealand, particularly as a means of cultural and individual expression. Research indicates one in five adult New Zealanders has at least one tattoo, with more than 35 percent of under 30s tattooed.”The changes follow five months of extensive research with Air New Zealand customers and employees. Air New Zealandairlinestattooslast_img


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