On 8 August, we held our annual diversity ball, and it was wonderful to see over 700 people at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. It was a fantastic evening and a reminder of the vibrancy of our culture and the fun we have as an organisation. As I looked around the room, I was reminded of the many countries, cultures and backgrounds that make up Team Counties. It’s this diversity that is our strength and makes up the mosaic that is South Auckland and Counties Manukau.
It was a great night, made more memorable by the company of Buckwheat, New Zealand’s best drag queen and co-MC for the night. As you can see from the photo, Buckwheat, and I hit it off! In the absence of my wife, Buckwheat was a great companion for the night.
A big thank you to Anne Fitisemanu and her team, for organising a fabulous evening. It was great to come into work on Monday and see people still buzzing from the weekend. From the comments we received, it’s clear that everyone had a great night. One thing I can be certain of is that CM Health staff know how to party! The good news is the organising committee already has some ideas for next year. In the meantime, you can check out the photos from the night at www.diversityball.co.nz.
The other day I came across a video, which got me thinking about how we approach diversity. This video is humorous and serious at the same time and sparks some good conversations about what happens when one person highlights cultural differences in an offensive way – whether the individual intended to do so or not! Watch the video below.