From 1 September 2019 all new and existing Air
New Zealand employees will be able to have Tā Moko and
non-offensive tattoos visible when wearing their uniform or normal
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Luxon says the airline is committed to building a
diverse and inclusive workplace that truly reflects the makeup of
"I'm extremely proud to be making this
announcement. It reinforces our position at the forefront of the
airline industry in embracing diversity and enabling employees to
express individuality or cultural heritage," Mr. Luxon said.
The changes follow five months of extensive
research with Air New Zealand customers and employees.
"We felt it was important that this change apply
equally to all Air New Zealanders. We want to liberate all our
staff including uniform wearers such as cabin crew, pilots and
airport customer service teams who will, for the first time, be
able to have non-offensive tattoos visible when wearing their
uniforms," Mr. Luxon added. "In conversations we've had with customers and
our own people domestically and overseas in the past five months,
it's clear that there is growing acceptance of tattoos in New
Zealand, particularly as a means of cultural and individual
expression. Research indicates one in five adult New Zealanders
has at least one tattoo, with more than 35% of under 30s
Mr Luxon says it's important that the airline
keeps up with changes in social norms but it's still a case of
securing the best person for the job.
"As New Zealand's most attractive employer we
get a very large number of applications for every available role
and the reality is that most applicants are not successful.
However, I can guarantee that no one will be turned down because
of their tattoo as long as it's not offensive or inappropriate. There is an expectation that Air New Zealand
will represent our country and our people authentically to the
world and having a workforce who can bring their true selves to
work is an important part of that."
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