Oratia Media is starting off 2021 by making a firm commitment to representing diversity in its publishing, personnel and vision.
That is embodied in this policy statement.
To be a diverse and inclusive publisher with no barriers to entry for anyone regardless of their background or identity.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Oratia will respect:
- the central role of the Treaty of Waitangi, respecting Māori as tangata whenua
- the role of Pacific peoples in Aotearoa
- the diverse cultures of Aotearoa New Zealand
- the principle of equal access and opportunity for people of all cultures, ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and religions
This initiative follows our participation in a series of Diversity and Publishing workshops organised by the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) between September and December 2020.
Diversity specialist Anton Blank of Oranui led those workshops and helped participants to develop policy and tools that will help book publishers to give equal access and value to all sectors of society in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Along with Anton, and Alex Collins and Mish Wickremesekera of Lift Education, Carolyn Lagahetau and Peter Dowling of Oratia sit on PANZ’s diversity subcommittee.
Together they have developed policy and training for PANZ, and this is now extending to members.
We are firmly committed to books and workplaces that represent people of all backgrounds, and aim to carry that through into our future publishing, starting from respect for the Treaty of Waitangi.