Westpac proudly takes part in the Auckland Pride Parade

Ryan Boyd
Westpac proudly takes part in the Auckland Pride Parade

For the first time in its 152 year history, over 70 members of the Westpac team walked alongside friends and family in the Auckland Pride Parade to celebrate and show support for the LGBT community.

Thousands lined the streets of Ponsonby on Saturday 21 February to experience the colour and atmosphere of the parade, in which Westpac NZ was proud to be included thanks to a group of dedicated employees who organised our participation.

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Candice Collier, Co-Chair of Westpac’s employee action group GLOBAL, said it was an absolutely amazing experience to be a part of and organise alongside Jen Radich and the rest of the GLOBAL committee.

“Our entry was inspired by the rainbow and the theme was ‘Celebrating you being you in a festival of colour’. We had t-shirts and a sea of colourful balloons that were a real hit. We also handed out badges with ‘I’m Open. Are you?’ for the crowd to wear.

“Together, we walked for positive change towards the acceptance of the Rainbow Community.

“Richard Taki and the Parade team did a fantastic job to run an incredibly smooth event that we loved being a part of.”

With many senior executives in attendance, including CEO David McLean, Westpac’s presence was well noticed, with our balloons and banners being featured prominently on 3 News.

“It was a proud moment for me and wonderful to show where Westpac stands when it comes to acceptance and diversity,” David McLean said. “I hope our participation really illustrates that we’re open and welcoming of all people at our workplaces across the country.”

Here are some images from the event.

If you took any photos please share with us on our Twitter pages @westpacnz and include the hashtag #NZyoubeingyou

Westpac proudly takes part in the Auckland Pride Parade

Westpac proudly takes part in the Auckland Pride Parade

 

Westpac proudly takes part in the Auckland Pride Parade

 SEE ALSO: Westpac gets the Rainbow Tick

 

 

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