Supplier Diversity

Air New Zealand connects communities across Aotearoa and the world, supporting tourism and economic growth. Partnering with diverse New Zealand businesses is another way we can contribute to the prosperity of our country. This is why we have established a supplier diversity programme.

Our supplier diversity programme seeks to promote and increase the participation of diverse suppliers in our procurement process, and reflect the communities where we live, work and fly. We have an initial focus on Māori-owned and Pasifika-owned businesses, and social enterprises.

Our actions to support a diverse supplier base include:


What does supporting supplier diversity mean?

Why is supplier diversity important?

What is Air New Zealand's definition of a diverse supplier?

Does Air New Zealand have supplier diversity targets?

Does being a diverse supplier guarantee that Air New Zealand will do business with me?

Are third-party diversity memberships required to do business with Air New Zealand?

We're a diverse business interested in doing business with Air New Zealand, can we register our interest somewhere?

Ka Rere – our diverse supplier accelerator programme

To support our work on supplier diversity, Air New Zealand is launching a diverse supplier accelerator programme, where we will partner with six small diverse businesses to take flight as part of two 12-week mentoring rounds during 2024.

The programme provides an opportunity for these businesses to access a range of skills, knowledge, and experience within Air New Zealand to support their growth ambitions. It also enables them to build their capabilities to bid for future opportunities to work with Air New Zealand.

The programme will start with us workshopping and agreeing how best to spend our 12 weeks together, as each business may have different ideas on how they want to use their time with Air New Zealand.

Examples of some of the opportunities participants of the programme will have:

  • Engage with our Procurement and Supply Chain teams about our tender process, what we're looking for when we assess bids, and what it takes to be an Air New Zealand supplier.
  • Engage with our Sustainability team about key issues we're looking to collaborate with suppliers on and ask for feedback on their sustainability plans or initiatives.
  • Engage with our Brand and Marketing team on marketing ideas for their business and tap into their experience and expertise.

Applications for the first mentoring round open 15 January 2024 and close 12 February 2024 at 5pm (see online form below). Three diverse businesses will be offered a place in each round.

Each round of applications will be open for one month, followed by a short-listing and interview process to select three diverse businesses to participate in each round.

Successful participants will need to meet the following criteria:

Air New Zealand procures a wide range of goods and services – from IT, consultancy, creative design, construction, food and beverage, cleaning to security. We are looking for businesses that offer goods or services in areas that Air New Zealand will procure from but may need some guidance and support to become a contracted supplier.

The selected businesses will be offered support and resources including:

We are excited to hear from you about your diverse business, how you aspire to have a positive impact on Aotearoa, and how Air New Zealand can support you on your journey.

To enter, fill out the online application form here. You can download a PDF copy of the form here, if you wish to consider your responses before submitting these online. Entries close on 12 February at 5pm. 

Please read the full Terms & Conditions here before applying.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to contact and our team will be in touch.