Air New Zealand is relaxing its rules to allow all employees to be free to display their “non-offensive tattoos” and traditional Tā moko markings at work.

The decision, which will apply from 1 September, makes Air New Zealand one of the only major airlines to allow visible tattoos on uniformed staff.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon said the change will foster “a more diverse and inclusive workplace that truly reflects the makeup of Aotearoa”.


“I’m extremely proud to be making this announcement. It reinforces our position at the forefront of the airline industry in embracing diversity and enabling employees to express individuality or cultural heritage.”

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon

The changes follow five months of extensive research with Air New Zealand customers and employees.

Christopher Luxon pointed to a “growing acceptance of tattoos in New Zealand, particularly as a means of cultural and individual expression”.

“Research indicates one in five adult New Zealanders has at least one tattoo, with more than 35% of under 30s tattooed,” he said.

He said this meant it was important that the airline kept up with changes in social norms while still securing the best person for the job.

“There is an expectation that Air New Zealand will represent our country and our people authentically to the world and having a workforce who can bring their true selves to work is an important part of that.”


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