Flick Electric software engineer Rose Lu has often been the sole woman or sole non-white person in the room in her career, and recently assisted with Flick's hiring process for new engineers. Here, she shares some key learnings on how to hire for diversity – and how to get around the obstacles that often pop up.

Diversity in design

Since the start of time, women have been involved in the building of cities, influencing architecture as we know it today. Yet statistics from the NZIA show that although architecture graduates in New Zealand are a 50/50 split gender wise, the number of women practising, particularly in senior roles, drops off significantly over time. On International Women’s Day, Context Architects director Lisa Hinton reflects on the industry’s diversity issues, as well as what her firm’s doing to combat this.

Equality pays

A new MYOB report says New Zealand’s tech sector lacks gender diversity – and may even get less diverse. What can be done – and what is being done – to address the issue? Plus: a roundtable discussion with OMGTech! co-founder and general manager Zoe Timbrell, AUT lecturer and She# founder Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh and MYOB general manager Carolyn Luey on what can be done to increase gender diversity and inclusivity in New Zealand’s tech sector, what individuals and organisations can do, where things can go from here, and more.