Pink Shirt Day Webinar 2022

Registrations are now closed

However, you’ll still be able to watch the webinar live on the Mental Health Foundation’s YouTube channel at 11 am on Friday 20 May.

A video recording of the webinar will also be made available. Register for regular email updates and follow Pink Shirt Day on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay in the loop.

Fri 20th May 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online event

This event is now closed

Pink Shirt Day webinar for workplaces

Studies show that in Aotearoa, one in 10 workers feels discriminated against, harassed, or bullied at work, and rainbow (LGBTQIA+) employees face even higher rates of bullying. Those who are bullied are far more likely to experience mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. We need your help to turn this around.

Join us on Friday 20 May 2022 at 11 am for our first Pink Shirt Day webinar: Embrace diversity, prevent bullying – a kōrero on creating safe and inclusive workplaces in Aotearoa. During this hour, you’ll hear from some of the leading experts in the fields of mental health, human rights and diversity and inclusion in New Zealand. You’ll learn some actionable ways to help you prevent bullying in the workplace and create an organisational culture where everyone feels like they truly belong.


Speakers include:

  • Shaun Robinson, CEO at the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
  • Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, The Human Rights Commission
  • Ola Ioane, Head of Membership at Diversity Works
  • Rosie Leadbitter, Workplace Services Coordinator at InsideOUT

In the webinar, we’ll cover: 

  • A brief overview of the Pink Shirt Day movement 
  • What workplace bullying is (and is not) and how to prevent it 
  • Why workplace bullying and harassment is a concern for human rights 
  • The role of diversity and inclusion in building bullying-free, psychosocially safe workplaces 
  • Workplace equity, safety and inclusion from a rainbow/LGBTQIA+ perspective 

There will be a Q&A session at the end during which you'll be able to ask any questions. Once you RSVP, you will receive an email with an enclosed Zoom calender invite. If you can’t attend the webinar on the day, you’ll be able to watch it later as a recording on the Pink Shirt Day website.

The webinar is free to all, but please consider fundraising or donating if you are in a position to do so. Your donation to the Mental Health Foundation this Pink Shirt Day will help to reduce bullying through raising awareness about bullying prevention, funding education workshops and supplying thousands of free resources that promote inclusive workplaces, schools and communities. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


Shaun Robinson, CEO at the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Shaun is a father, partner, musician, gardener, sometimes surfer and organisational leader – he also lives with bipolar disorder. His professional passion is promoting a holistic response to mental health, particularly the things that people can do in their day to day lives to uplift their mental wellbeing - whether they are recovering from a time of mental distress, managing a long-term condition, or maintaining positive mental health.

Shaun has worked in social and health services for over 30 years. With degrees in business and community work, he has held four other CEO positions in not-for-profit organisations, addressing issues from care and protection of children to HIV and AIDS. He has also been a management consultant to public hospitals, developed a successful training business and been a policy advisor to former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark. He has served on commercial and not-for-profit boards and on a range of government working parties and advisory groups.

Shaun says it is a privilege to contribute to the mental wellbeing of New Zealanders, and to the flourishing of our diverse communities.

Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission

Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo is of Samoan descent and originally from the village of Vailima in Upolu, Samoa. Saunoamaali'i has a strong commitment to improving equal employment opportunities, particularly bringing a Pasifika perspective to human rights issues facing Aotearoa New Zealand. For 20 years, she has worked as a public advisor and social worker, advocating for the interests of children, women, families, the rainbow community, social protection, youth employment, gender equality and an end to gender violence. She believes pay equity and equal employment opportunities are key avenues for youth empowerment, women’s empowerment, reduction of family poverty, freedom from gender-based violence, and community wellbeing.

Saunoamaali'i holds qualifications in social work, social policy, mediation and science, including a PhD in public policy from AUT.

Ola Ioane, Head of Membership at Diversity Works New Zealand

Ola is drawn to roles that reduce inequities and has a decade of experience providing solutions in the finance and health sector. With his experience in managing dynamic projects and transforming equity initiatives through innovation, he is energised to also use his lived experiences of exclusion to convert conversations about inclusion and fairness into meaningful action.
Ola has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Auckland and Master's degree in Business from the University of Queensland. From this, he has worked with clients in health, hospitality, and not-for-profits to create messaging that improves organisational outcomes.
He is a proud brother to three beautiful sisters and the son of hard-working migrant parents of Samoan and Fijian descent from the villages of Vaisala and Vaivase-Tai, and a very proud resident of Aukilani i Saute. 


Rosie Leadbitter, Workplace Services Coordinator at InsideOUT

Rosie is a Pākehā queer femme with English, Irish and Scottish ancestry who has been lucky enough to grow up in the hills of Ngaio in Pōneke. She has worked in various roles in recent years supporting rainbow and takatāpui rangatahi and studied sociology and public health in Ōtepoti Dunedin. She is passionate about mahi that allows people to examine how the communities they belong to and the stories they inherit about identity inform how they engage with the world and themselves. She supports workplaces through consultation & education around rainbow inclusivity, equity and safety. InsideOUT is a national rainbow charity whose vision is for an Aotearoa where all rainbow and takatāpui young people feel safe and included in their schools and communities. They aim to achieve this by working with schools, government agencies and workplaces, leading resource development, education, consultation, campaigns and more.