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Our awards

We believe it is important that we show-case our work so that people can understand how our research is making a difference. Therefore, where possible, we enter our projects in the Research Association of New Zealand's annual 'effectiveness' awards.

Below is our winning 2018 awards submission.




Research New Zealand wins the Platinum Award in the Community Advancement category at the 2018 RANZ awards

The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) was founded by Kate Sheppard in 1896. The Council is an umbrella group focused on gender inequality, with a membership reach of 300,000 through 20 local branches, 290 member organisations and a growing number of individual members. NCWNZ's vision is a gender equal New Zealand in which all New Zealanders have the freedom and opportunity to determine their own future.

In 2015, Research New Zealand conducted a pro bono survey about New Zealanders' attitudes and beliefs towards gender equality for NCWNZ. NCWNZ used these results to inform its White Paper, Enabling Women's Potential.

Enabling Women's Potential recommended a number of actions to address gender inequality in New Zealand, including a regular survey to benchmark attitudes towards gender roles and equality. Enabling Women's Potential argued that an attitudes survey was integral to building a shared understanding of gender inequality and would complement other outcome measures (e.g. official statistics on women in leadership, the gender pay gap, domestic violence, etc.).

In 2017, Research New Zealand began working with NCWNZ to develop a Gender Attitudes Survey. A literature scan of similar surveys in other developed countries was undertaken; however, due to NCWNZ's broader interest in gender attitudes as a whole, a fit-for-purpose survey was designed.

Accordingly, the final version of the Gender Attitudes Survey was launched in August 2017 and set out to measure New Zealanders' attitudes and beliefs towards gender roles, gender equality and gender and sexual diversity. More specifically, the research objectives were to:

  • Link attitudes which support inequality to actual inequalities.
  • Inform NCWNZ's gender equality programme.
  • Establish a baseline in order to track changes over time.

NCWNZ also intended to release the survey results as a crucial focus for their new Gender Equal NZ campaign, targeting the attitudes and social norms which underpin gender inequality and creating conversations in digital spaces about gender.

Our entry in the 2018 RANZ awards was based on the survey, which represents New Zealand's first ever Gender Attitudes Survey.

View the Award entry here.