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Unitec becomes sponsor of pride parade

Last updated 05:00 18/12/2013
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PROUD: Last year’s Auckland Pride Festival paved the way for the first gay pride parade in more than a decade.

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Unitec is taking pride of place in Auckland's celebration of the rainbow community.

The tertiary education provider has climbed on board as the principal sponsor of the Auckland Pride Festival 2014.

Chief executive Rick Ede says the move reflects the institute's commitment to creating a diverse yet inclusive culture across all three of its campuses.

"This exciting new partnership will allow Unitec to publicly recognise and celebrate diversity," Dr Ede says. "We are honoured to join with the Auckland Pride Festival to help them develop the mana and standing of the Rainbow Community in Auckland and Aotearoa at large."

Auckland Pride Festival Trust co-chairwoman Megan Cunningham-Adams says the organisers are thrilled.

"Gaining the active support of New Zealand's leading institute of technology represents a coming of age for our Rainbow Community's pre-eminent cultural celebration," she says.

In 2012, Unitec made a stand for diversity on campus by implementing the Ally Network Programme. The initiative aimed to create a more inclusive working and learning environment by promoting greater awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex staff and students.

Unitec is the first New Zealand tertiary institution to implement the programme.

Auckland Pride Festival runs February 7 until 23.

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