Diversity means more than race and gender. At St John we understand the value of creating environments where many different voices are heard and all opinions are valued and considered.

Celebrating te wiki o te reo Māori  

Every year at St John, we celebrate te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week) by creating a positive environment for the use of te reo Māori and promoting Māori language initiatives and events through our service delivery.

This year we will be encouraging our people across Aotearoa to get involved by taking part in the Maori Language Moment on Tuesday 14 September at midday - you can register to take part here. Throughout the week online learning sessions are being held by our Kāhui Mauaka (Māori Responsiveness Team), encompassing a fun programme of learning,  including greetings, kai and singing waiata for all the whānau to come and join in.

Below you can find assets to help you celebrate te wiki o te reo Māori including posters, kupu cards and a list of 100 words to start you on your journey!





KIA KAHA landscape POSTER 



 MĀORI language moment 

 Social media assets 

During te wiki o te reo Māori you might also see our Medical Alarm TV advert on TVNZ with te reo Māori subtitles. Check it out below! 


Tāhuhu is to provide cultural support and guidance to St John. We take pride in enabling the delivery of the organisational Te Ara Hato Hone Māori Strategy which aligns with the St John integrated business plan. The Te Ara Hato Hone strategy is designed to contribute to the St John overarching strategic framework for enhanced health and wellbeing for all New Zealanders.​

Te Ara Hato Hone aims to address our specific obligations to the Crown for Māori health outcomes. Te Ara Hato Hone 2015-2020 has its own Moemoeā (vision), Whakatakanga (mission) Te Ara ​Whakamua (broad Māori strategy) and Whāinga (Māori specific objectives). At its heart is Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi.

Moemoeā - Vision:

Te Hato Hone will enhance Māori health outcomes by implementing the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Whakatakanga – Mission:

Leaders in St John will contribute to Te Ara Hato Hone (the strategy for enhancing Māori health outcomes) by: ​

  • embedding cultural competence throughout the organisation
  • ensuring cultural safety for Māori staff and volunteers; and 
  • including in the Integrated Business Plan, goals/initiatives and measures consistent with the broad Māori Strategy and the Strategic Māori-specific Objectives.

Te Ara Whakamua - Broad Māori Strategy:

​Three key focus areas for projects and activities are: 

Ara ki te hauora - Initiatives relating to Māori health outcomes.

Develop and deliver at least one selected project per region per annum based on assessed need from Clinical services and other data. 

Whakawhanaungatanga - Engagement with Māori communities.

Improve the engagement and involvement by Māori into St John Community programmes and building opportunities for strategic partnerships and increased Māori membership.

Mana whakatipu me te āheitanga - Organisational leadership and cultural competence.

Build capacity to deliver enhanced Māori health outcomes through visible leadership and increased cultural competence at all levels across St John.

Whāinga – Māori-specific Objectives:

  • Inc​orporate Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) principles into the St John service delivery model.
  • Deliver culturally sensitive and safe services to Māori patients.
  • Bui​ld Māori community partnerships and participation for better Māori health outcomes.
  • Provide compulsory cultural competency training for all staff and recruits.
  • Build an understanding of Māori organisations/communities for future funding opportunities and partnerships.
  • Include Māori components and products in new technologies/promotions.
  • Encourage Māori representation in Order Matters​.​​


Voices come from people who may or may not be of the same gender identity, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, access need, personality type and/or thinking style. At St John we draw upon these unique experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to advance our organisational goals and better help the communities we serve.

 St John at Pride 2017

Rainbow Communities

St John has a proud history of supporting and being involved with Pride Festivals throughout New Zealand including the Auckland Pride Parade, Big Gay Out, Queenstown Winter Pride Festival and the Wellington International Pride Parade. In 2018 we were thrilled to have our Chief Executive, Peter Bradley, along with many of the Executive Leadership Team lead the way in the Parade.

In 2018 St John also launched a rainbow version of the St John logo along with a pride strapline “Here for Life, Here for Love” which we proudly displayed throughout the Auckland Pride Festival on merchandise, t-shirts our website and across our social media channels.

Our members get involved in pride events regardless of their sexual orientation, to join together to celebrate equality and diversity in Aotearoa. At St John New Zealand, each of us is different and unique, but we are united in the shared mission to step forward when help is needed. For better. For life. 

Greater diversity allows us to harness a richer range of ideas, insights and perspectives to better understand and serve our communities. As an inclusive organisation, St John is committed to being a wonderful place for LGBT+ people to work and volunteer, we proudly gained Rainbow Tick certification in January 2017 and took the Pride Pledge in 2018.