New Zealand- Diverse workplaces are “more productive”

Diversity

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By Tough Love for Red Ice

‘Tis the season of workplace vibrancy in New Zealand this week with two major summits promoting gender, age and racial diversity to boost creativity and improve the bottom line of forward thinking businesses.

Both the Diversity Summit 2016 in Auckland, and Diversity in Action Summit in Wellington are promoting the idea that diverse workplaces are more creative, productive and profitable.

According to Diversity in Action Summit’s website, “gender diversity is vital to any workplace. Not just because it’s a worthy goal; it simply makes bottom-line business sense”.

Similarly, Diversity Summit 2016’s site boasts the opportunity to “meet the leaders of forward-thinking New Zealand businesses maximising the benefits of diversity platforms”.

Both summits are backing up their claims with a recent study by McKinsey & Company called Why Diversity Matters, which claims that “latest research finds that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians”.

For the study, McKinsey & Company examined 366 public companies across a range of industries in Canada, Latin America, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In this research they looked at metrics such as financial results and the composition of top management and boards.

While the study makes some lofty claims, the researchers include what seems to be a disclaimer, that “while correlation does not equal causation (greater gender and ethnic diversity in corporate leadership doesn’t automatically translate into more profit), the correlation does indicate [editor’s emphasis] that when companies commit themselves to diverse leadership, they are more successful.

Logic dictates that diversity really means less white males, and an article published this week on scoop.co.nz about the Diversity in Action Summit included some passages that imply exactly that:

-In New Zealand, only 13 per cent of engineers are women. Only 6 per cent are Maori, and only 2 per cent Pasifika. About 13 per cent are Asian. 

In other words, there are too many white men in engineering. This of course is despite the fact that they naturally gravitate towards this profession, the result of which is called Western Civilisation.

-We need to make sure we’re tapping the whole pool of people who could be engineers, not just those who look like the engineers of the past.

The white male engineers of the past to be exact, who built everything we rely upon today. There would not be a summit without them.

-research [about engineering in NZ] suggests there are a number of barriers to increasing diversity, including non-inclusive workplace cultures, a lack of challenging part-time or flexible work and gender pay gaps.

Non inclusive workplace cultures of racist white men to be precise. Never mind the fact that they are probably fathers who are working 50 hours plus per week to get the job completed within tight deadlines and profit margins, which would be completely blown if their positions were ‘part time or flexible’. Better dock their pay anyhow.

all assessors that IPENZ employs in-house will receive unconscious bias training. “The purpose of unconscious bias training is to develop awareness of biases that you don’t even know you have. It’s about creating a level playing field for everyone.”

In other words they are going to make white men aware of their genetic racism.

The presenters at Diversity Summit 2016 are an international line up, including leading keynote speaker Lisa Coleman, who is Cheif Diversity Officer & Special Assistant to the President of Harvard University. Her talk is called ‘Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership”.

TL

Hindu Swastika Causes Offence

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This is an older article but, a goodie all the same.

A World War Two veteran captured by Germans and held prisoner for three years is reminded of his torment every time he looks out the window of his house.

The Mt Roskill man’s neighbours have painted a large white symbol – resembling a swastika – on their roof.

He says the symbol, painted late last year, is distasteful.

“If I could get rid of it I would,” says the man, who didn’t want to be named.

“It’s not necessary, it’s actually stupid. It’s insulting to the neighbours.”

But Ambrish Gupta says when he painted the symbol, he didn’t mean to offend anyone.

He simply did it as a sign of his religious devotion.

In the Hindu religion, the swastika is the symbol of the god Ganesha, who is acknowledged at the beginning of prayers.

Mr Gupta painted it on his roof as a symbol of protection for his family and house.

He says he had no idea it had another meaning in western culture – as the mark of the Nazi regime – when he painted it.

“If I had known, I probably wouldn’t have done it,” he says.

Another neighbour, whose house gives her a direct view of Mr Gupta’s roof, says she doesn’t particularly like it.

“When it first went up, I thought it was an insult.”

Mr Gupta says now that he’s aware the painting is upsetting some people, he will have it changed to look more like the Hindu symbol and less like the Nazi version.

It already has dots in between the arms and there will be extra pieces added.

“It will be a little bit different. I hope with a bit of change it will not disturb people.”

Sandringham man Lindsay Johnston noticed the painting on the roof in April when he was working on Carr Rd.

He says he was horrified.

“I find it very offensive.”

Mr Johnston is worried that it will be visible to traffic when the new motorway is built through the area.

“People will be driving along wondering what kind of a country this is,” he says.

Mr Johnston says he went to the police about the painting, but they referred him to the Auckland City Council, who were also unable to help.

“The council has no authority and there is no authority it can be referred to,” says a council spokeswoman.

“If it was a sign, a complaint could be made to the Advertising Standards Authority but it is not advertising anything.”

Mr Johnston also wrote to Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff to complain about the symbol, who visited the house and talked to Mr Gupta.

“We spoke to the owners of the house who are very decent people and who were most concerned that the emblem had been misinterpreted,” says Mr Goff.

“Far from being a white power group identifying with the policies of Hitler, the family’s beliefs are in fact the opposite.

“They are anxious that people understand what the symbol actually means and their motivation for having it on their house.”

Read the original article here.

NZ migration spurs biggest-ever population increase

Article, Diversity

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By Tough Love for Red Ice

New Zealand has had it’s biggest ever annual population increase, with figures doubling on the previous year.

The population grew by 97,000 people in the year to June 30, making the total population approx 4.7 million.

New Zealanders returning home comprised a quarter of the influx, with India, China, the Philippines and the United Kingdom dominating the rest.

Statistics New Zealand says there are still more New Zealand citizens leaving, than arriving.

They also estimate that by the year 2021, 41% of New Zealanders will be of mixed ethnicity.

Some politicians have been questioning why New Zealand needs to bring in so many people, when there is a 5.7 percent unemployment rate.

New Zealand First deputy leader Ron Mark says the government has failed to train the many thousands of unemployed to fill the work force, which has led to an open door immigration policy.

“The government has to turn the tap off or down, but they’ve created a mess they have no way out of.

“You can’t bring in more and more people and not accept you’re going to generate more stress on infrastructure and more need for building,” Mr Mark said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, lobbyists such as Ravindran Annamalai, president of the Wellington Multicultural council, are holding ‘diversity conferences‘ to promote their view that the biggest issue for new migrants is the lack of voice within city councils across the country.

Diversity Equals World Ghetto

Commentary, Diversity

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What the fuck is this; like, seriously, what is it?

I’ve grown up my whole life surrounded by these branded abominations, but never consciously asked myself that simple question.

For those of you outside of Australasia it’s called a dairy; otherwise known as a corner store, or 7-11 in other parts of the West.

But from the West these phenomena are not.

What we have here folks is A-grade Indian styling; a mix of their naturally gaudy aesthetic, and an “its not my country so I  don’t give a fuck” attitude.

What is sad is that beneath the core-flute mask of star bursts and dodgy discounts is quite often a quaint piece of Kiwi architecture from yesteryear; that minimal, boxy, large windowed store-front reminiscent of a rapidly disappearing era.

Dairies used to be salt-of-the-earth places where you went to get your cream and butter; they were owned by European New Zealanders and had a kind of homely feel. These days they are dishevelled smut-merchants peddling various combinations of sugar and other cancer causing toxins.

Perhaps the biggest defining feature of the Indian ghetto-dairy is the complete covering up of display windows; it gives the effect of a suffocating person with a plastic bag over their head, or a prisoner blindfolded. It’s literally like the shop can’t see or breathe.

This is a metaphor for the West.

My original question was “what is this?”

Well, it’s literally the third world operating in the first world, and covering it over. The integrity of the building has been completely obscured- and lowered- by another culture’s aesthetic.

This is what happens as the West diversities.

It’s the harbinger of the World Ghetto.

The black pill.

 

‘Maori rights’ removed from Auckland plan

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By Tough Love for Red Ice

Corporate Maori interests have taken a blow this week after controversial legislation involving culturally significant sites has been removed from Auckland’s new super city blueprint.

Until now the draft for the city’s Unitray Plan has included 3600 ‘sites of significance’ located around the region that are deemed to be historically connected to Maori culture.

Anyone living within 50 meters of such sites would have needed to obtain a ‘Cultural Impact Assessment’ from the relevant tribe- or tribes- before conducting any work on their property. These assessments could have invovled multiple tribes, each charging many hundreds of dollars per hour.

Opposition to the legislation was spearheaded by the Taxpayers Union, Democary Action and the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance, who lobbied the Independant Hearings Panel for the Unitary Plan, pointing out that no robust evidence exists for the proper identification of sites of significance.

Taxpayer Union executive director Jordan Williams said volunteers had been looking at the sites over the past five months to assess their cultural significance.

“Because the council didn’t even bother to do that and we’d found gyms, carparks, a rubbish dump for example.”

A briefing paper was compiled and submitted to the hearings panel who ruled in it’s favour, effectively removing all of the sites of significance located on privately owned land from the city’s Unitary Plan.

Some 18,000 Auckland landowners would have been affected by this legislation if it had gone ahead.

Read more here

TL

Counterfeit angst sold to nice young men

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Red-conned teenagers bathing in Hebrew flames rage against trimmed hedges and manicured lawns.

They burn with distain for insulation, heat pumps and the terrible oppression of bright and happy futures.

Thank Jehovah for pocket money, cherry wine, hair clippers, good public transport and corporate punk music.

They’ll stick it to those old fogeys by pursuing drug-gluts and welfare-binges; set to rebel soundtracks from major-label tribesmen.

TL

 

The new reality…………..

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A friend sent me this today that I thought was worth posting.

 

THE NEW REALITY

It seems that lately my life has been getting more complicated, and I want to thank those of you who are brave enough to still associate with me regardless of what I have become. The following is a recap of my current identity:

 

I was born white, which makes me a racist.

 

I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which makes me a fascist.

 

I am heterosexual, which makes me a homophobe. 

 

I believe in Christian ethics, which makes me an infidel.

 

I am older than 70 and retired, which makes me a useless old man. 

 

I think and I reason; therefore I doubt much of what the main stream media tells me, which makes me a reactionary. 

 

I am proud of my heritage and most of our inclusive culture, which makes me a xenophobe.

 

I value my safety and that of my family; therefore I appreciate the police and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.

 

I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual’s merits, which makes me anti-social. 

 

I, and my friends, acquired a good education without student loans and no debt at graduation, which makes me some kind of odd underachiever. 

 

I believe in the defence and protection of our homeland by all citizens, which makes me a militarist.

Please help me come to terms with this, because I‘m not sure who I am anymore!

 

Newest problem – I’m not sure which bathroom I should use