In­clu­sive­ness recog­nised

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

Fair­fax Me­dia scooped an At­ti­tude Award on Thurs­day night for its in­clu­sive­ness to­wards peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The an­nual At­ti­tude Awards cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of peo­ple who live with dis­abil­i­ties and Fair­fax won the At­ti­tude ACC Em­ployer Award, an­nounced on Thurs­day night.

The com­pany, which owns Stuff and news­pa­pers across the coun­try, runs a New Zealand sign lan­guage cafe and also em­ploys sev­eral peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties as part of a pro­gramme called Cre­ative Spirit.

Fair­fax Me­dia cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity man­ager An­na­marie Jamieson said her team was ‘‘im­mensely proud’’.

‘‘Fair­fax ex­ists to rep­re­sent our com­mu­ni­ties, and we need to re­flect that in­ter­nally as well,’’ Jamieson said.

Jamieson helped launch Cre­ative Spirit in Fair­fax’s New Zealand of­fices in 2012, and the sign lan­guage cafe one year ago.

The ini­tia­tive pro­vides peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties with jobs in com­pa­nies across New Zealand and Aus­tralia and aims to in­spire oth­ers to pro­vide more work­place op­por­tu­ni­ties for will­ing em­ploy­ees.

There are eight peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties em­ployed across Fair­fax Me­dia’s Auck­land, Hamil­ton, Welling­ton and Christchurch of­fices and the Auck­land of­fice’s sign lan­guage cafe em­ploys three deaf baris­tas.


Fair­fax Me­dia’s Emma Bar­rett, Chloe Steven­son and An­na­marie Jamieson re­ceiv­ing the At­ti­tude Award on Thurs­day night.

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