Rethinking diversity since 2001
Diversity New Zealand Ltd was established in September 2001. Our vision is social improvement where all people freely share and celebrate their identity and self-expression.
We are passionate about leading social improvement that embraces curiosity and inquiry into diversity, complexity and uncertainty – and we'll share that passion and ability with you, too.
We offer our clients a deep and leading understanding of diversity, complexity, uncertainty and social improvement, infused with fun and laughter.
Managing Director Philip Patston and his team work to deepen awareness of diversity in creative, fun, non-threatening ways. Philip was recognised in December 2017 as a top ten diversity consultant by the Global Diversity List, for the third year running.
If you're in a position where you're responsible for diversity, we walk alongside you to help you manage the complexity and uncertainty – as well as showing you that it's ok to get things wrong.
We want to be part of a society where all people freely share and celebrate their identity and self-expression. We'd love to work with you in making our vision a reality.
We work from Philip's home office in beautiful Westmere, Auckland.
Team and partners
Diversity and Leadership Consultant
Philip has over 25 years professional experience in counselling, social work, human rights promotion, creative and social entrepreneurship, as well as leadership. He also had a thirteen-year career as a professional, award-winning comedian (1997-2010)
In October 2015, Philip was named one of the Top 10 diversity consultants in the inaugural Global Diversity List, the first-ever assessment of the world’s leading authorities on diversity (media release). He was put on the list again in 2016 and 2017.
In July 2014, he was awarded the Inaugural Arts Access Accolade, which recognises the lifetime achievements of an individual who has played a significant role in working with Arts Access Aotearoa to achieve its vision of a society where all people in New Zealand can participate in the arts.
Philip is also a Leadership New Zealand Fellow (2012) and a New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellow (2007-2009). He spoke at TEDxAuckland in July 2012 about his unique approach to diversity.
Philip was elected Chair of the Auckland Council Disability Advisory Panel in July 2017 and was invited onto the Health Research Council NZ's Development Group in June 2018.
Philip's diverse professional career combines with the somewhat paradoxical life experience as a gay, Caucasian man with unique function (disability), which is the foundation for our leading approach in the work we do.
Philip also writes poems and collaborates to make songs and music videos.
Jeannie has worked with Philip since 2008 developing and running DIV:INQ (Diversity Inquiry) at Mt Roskill Grammar School (MRGS) and Epsom Girls Grammar School (EGGS).
Jeannie is Head of Counselling at EGGS and was formerly a counsellor at MRGS. She is a keen cyclist and blogger, with an interest in creative thinking. Like Philip, she’s a big fan of The Matrix and the idea that all may not be what we think it is.
DIV:INQ encourages creative thinking and acceptance via a student-led exploration of values, beliefs and assumptions about diversity. Jeannie regularly invites Philip to work with EGGS’ peer mediators, and student and staff leadership teams.
Caleb is the canine member of the team, replacing Meg who died in March 2018.
His duties include getting in the way, whining for no reason and sitting on anything except his own bed. Caleb is a retired Greyhound, who was whelped (born) on 26 December 2014, the day after Philip's birthday. He is a Capricorn and shares similar traits with Philip – willful, obstinate and rebellious.
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