As part of its ongoing focus on diversity and inclusion, SKYCITY has signed as a Platinum Partner of Women in Gaming Australasia (WGA), broadening our reach to New Zealand, Adelaide and Darwin.

The industry-for-industry body is dedicated to empowering women working in, or looking to work in, the thriving and fast-paced gaming industry in Australasia. This includes work that removes barriers and increases opportunities for the advancement of women in the industry, all of which aligns strongly with SKYCITY’s values, says Claire Walker, SKYCITY Group General Manager Human Resources.

“At SKYCITY our focus on diversity and inclusion is not only about doing what’s right, but also about reflecting the diversity of our customers and community, and a recognition that diversity is a sustainable competitive advantage in the long term,” says Walker.

SKYCITY Hamilton General Manager, Michelle Baillie, was selected by SKYCITY to represent the company on the Board of WGA, bringing with her 24 years’ operational and senior management experience in the industry.

“Our industry has evolved over the years in many ways, but we still need to see more women, and more diversity, in senior roles. It makes sense to be working together to develop solutions that will see us all moving forward on this journey as an industry. I’m really looking forward to playing a part in driving that change,” says Baillie.

SKYCITY has committed to a three-year partnership, and is the fifth partner of WGA, joining The Star Entertainment Group, Aristocrat, Crown Resorts and ALH Group.

“I’m thrilled to have SKYCITY join WGA. Their commitment assists WGA to unite the industry in identifying and removing barriers for the advancement of women. There is no silver bullet to gender equality; it requires persistent action by individuals and organisations to create equitable outcomes.  Having SKYCITY join WGA helps the momentum grow to create lasting change in the gaming industry,” says Helen Galloway, Chief Executive Officer of WGA.

SKYCITY Entertainment Group is New Zealand’s largest tourism, leisure and entertainment company, employing 6500 people, and operating sites in Auckland, Hamilton, Queenstown, Adelaide and Darwin.