Independent workplace review

MediaWorks has released an independent review into workplace culture carried out by Maria Dew QC. 

The appointment of Maria Dew QC was made in March 2021 following the publication of allegations against individuals in the local music and media industries on social media. 

The Terms of Reference for the review covered allegations relating to sexual or racial harassment, discrimination, bullying or misuse of drugs and alcohol and covered the three-year period between March 2018 and March 2021. 

125 current and former staff came forward to be interviewed for the review. More than 480 employees also completed a review survey. 

MediaWorks will move forward with all 32 recommendations from the workplace review, which fall under nine action areas.

The action areas are: 

  1. MediaWorks to acknowledge its failure to respond adequately to complaints of misconduct 

  2. Board and leadership 

  3. People & culture expertise 

  4. People management training 

  5. Diversity 

  6. Pay equity 

  7. Workplace policies 

  8. Valuing Māori at MediaWorks 

  9. Valuing all MediaWorks staff 

MediaWorks has developed an action plan around implementing the recommendations from the independent workplace review.

The independent workplace review executive summary prepared by Maria Dew QC can be viewed here.

Related documents:

Term of reference for the independent workplace review

Executive summary 

Media release 

Culture action plan

Speak Out Service – External Parties

MediaWorks is committed to a culture where people feel comfortable to speak out if they witness or experience something that doesn’t seem right. People external to MediaWorks are invited to Speak Out, whether you are a client, supplier, customer, or the public. 

Reporting concerns

MediaWorks uses an external, independent service called Speak Out, managed by a company called HR Associate.

The Speak Out service is generally used for ‘Protected Disclosures’ (this is where employees can report serious wrongdoings in the workplace and be protected by the Protected Disclosures Act 2000). However, MediaWorks has an agreement that this service will support anyone external to MediaWorks who wishes to raise a concern about us (this will not be treated as a Protected Disclosure).

Some examples of why you may call the Speak Out service may involve witnessing inappropriate behaviour of a MediaWorks employee(s):

  • Bullying another person e.g. humiliating them.

  • Any form of harassment including sexual or racial harassment. 

  • Sending inappropriate images, videos, jokes etc. via email or text to any person.

  • Inappropriately posting/commenting on social media.

  • Inappropriate behaviour at a work-related social function, including illegal activities such as drug taking, or drink driving. 

When you contact the Speak Out service you can expect the following:

  • To have your concerns listened to and taken seriously

  • Follow up questions may be asked

  • Evidence may be requested (e.g. copies of messages/photos etc.)

  • Discuss what outcome you would like from raising your concern

  • Discuss any worries you have about raising your concern

  • Discuss next steps and likely timeframes (if applicable)

  • If you wish to be kept up to date with progress, you will be asked for your contact details, which will be kept confidential by the Speak Out service. 

  • Your privacy to be protected – your identity will not be disclosed to MediaWorks, unless you consent to this, or the Speak Out service consultant reasonably believes there is a threat to health, safety, and wellbeing (in this instance, the consultant will endeavour to gain your consent first).

If you would prefer to raise a concern with a senior MediaWorks employee directly, you are welcome to do so.

Speak Out service contact details 


  • An automatic email reply confirms that the email has been received. If an automatic email reply is not received, please check your junk inbox. If there is still no automatic email reply, check the email address used is correct. 

  • The Speak Out service aim to personally respond to emailed concerns within 4 business hours (business hours are Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm, excluding public holidays). 

Phone 0800 SPK OUT (0800 775 688)

  • This is a free call from any NZ mobile number or landline.

  • The phone line is available between Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm, not including public holidays.

  • If the person reporting a concern cannot call during these times, or in the unlikely event that the call isn’t answered, a voice message can be left at any time during the day or night. A Speak Out consultant will return the call if details are left on a voice message. 

  • Phone conversations are not recorded, however, the Speak Out service will take notes during your conversation.