Pink Shirt Day - Friday 17 May

Pink shirt day is Friday 17 May and we want you to Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Bullying is a serious issue in New Zealand. Each year, one in five employees in New Zealand workplaces report they have experienced bullying.


Pink Shirt day is a bullying prevention campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand since 2012. It is being held on Friday 17 May this year, with the goal to engage  people to start positive conversations and create a more inclusive workplace culture, where bullying cannot flourish.

The facts about bullying

Bullying is a huge issue here – we have the second-highest rate for school bullying out of 51 countries, and as many as one in five Kiwis are affected by bullying in the workplace.

• Bullying can have serious and ongoing impacts on our mental health and wellbeing. People who are bullied are more likely to experience depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts – we all need to stand together to make Aotearoa a safer place for everyone, especially our rangatahi.

• Young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA+) experience high rates of bullying, particularly at school.

Get involved

Wear your Pink shirt this Friday and show that you are committed to preventing bullying and creating a positive and safe environment for everyone!

Download the PSA pink shirt poster to let people know about the day

Hold a Pink shirt event at your workplace and share your photos with as at

Find out more
• Click here for more information and history about Pink Shirt Day.
• Click here for workplace specific information this Pink Shirt Day.