Inclusion and Diversity Policy

Turner Syndrome Association of New Zealand Incorporated (TSANZI) is committed to ensure the inclusion and diversity of our members and those connected with our association.


Our Commitments

TSANZI recognises Te Tirito o Waitangi as Aotearoa New Zealand’s founding document.

TSANI is committed to upholding the mana of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the principles of Partnership, Protection and Participation.

TSANZI is committed to welcoming, celebrating and including people of all cultures, in line with the concept of manaakitanga.



Everyone involved with TSANZI joins together with good intentions and are expected to do their best to treat each other with respect and comply with the constitution, bylaws and policies of TSANZI.

Children and young people must be cared for, treated with respect and their welfare placed at the centre of everything we do.

TSANZI seeks to foster a community that encourages understanding, appreciation and acceptance of all people within its membership.



Aotearoa New Zealand is a country of people from many cultures, beliefs and backgrounds. TSANZI want to ensure people know we are a welcoming, accessible, safe place for all people. Our association is committed to including and celebrating diversity and people from all backgrounds. Everyone involved in the activities of TSANZI need to play their part to make our association a safe, welcoming space for everyone and to encourage participation by as many people as possible.




TSANZI know there are different ways of thinking, doing things, working and feeling connected that may differ from our own. It is okay to be different in the same place. TSANZI want to enable everybody to bring their whole self to TSANZI and engage in any activity or discussion. Everybody has the right to participate within an inclusive and safe space and to be treated with respect, care and a positive attitude. TSANZI believe at its heart, inclusion is simple: no one is left out. That means more than saying everyone is welcome. It means taking action to include people in opportunities and that people feel they are included and belong. This involves talking, listening and following the lead of people from different cultures and backgrounds about ways our association can be made safe and suitable for them. There should be no set way about how we do things. TSANZI will be flexible, instead of expecting people to adapt to how we think things should be done.



We believe there is strength in diversity. We welcome people of all races, cultural, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. We encourage people from all cultures and backgrounds to become involved in the association as volunteers and members. We will make our committee representative of our community as far as it is possible.



TSANZI will not always get it right. But we will try. With your help we can get it right. Our association can be everybody’s association with your help. We welcome your suggestions to change, improve your experience and make our association your association too. Please provide any comments and suggestions to:


Ben Everett, President, Turner Syndrome Association of New Zealand Incorporated, 351 Carlton Road, Te Awamutu 3800



Despite TSANZI best efforts, sometimes people are not inclusive, and do not respect the diversity of others. Discrimination is unacceptable and unlawful. TSANZI will not tolerate discrimination against those involved in our association or activities.

If you have been or are being discriminated against, please contact Ben Everett, President.


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