2degrees launched on 4 August 2009. 2degrees offers prepaid and pay-monthly mobile services, as well as fixed-line phone and broadband services. 2degrees is the third-largest wireless carrier in New Zealand. 2degrees is owned by Voyage Australia Pty Limited and is part of its Vocus Group. Until 1 June 2022, it was majority owned by US-based Trilogy International Partners.

“We’re a full-service telco connecting good sorts all around New Zealand. Innovating at every turn, our people in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch are here to make New Zealand a better place to live.”

Woke Rating

We rate 2degrees as moderately woke. 2degrees is definitely not as woke as Spark and One NZ, therefore it’s a better choice for conservatives.

Woke Summary

  • Virtue Signalling – some virtue signalling found.
  • Gender Ideology & LGBTQ – 2degrees is Rainbow Tick Certified, and supports organisations such as Rainbow Youth and Burnett Foundation (formerly NZ Aids Foundation). The company had Pronoun Education internally. 2degrees has its own Rainbow Heroes group.
  • Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) – has DEI policies.
  • Climate Change – Supports the Paris Agreement, and has emissions reduction targets.

Woke Policies

Virtue Signalling

Virtue signalling includes:

  • Pronoun education internally
  • Participation in Pink Shirt Day
  • Cultural virtue signalling

“In the late 90s, the New Zealand Government readied an auction of 3G radio spectrum rights. Realising the spectrum was taonga – defined as a treasured possession in Māori culture – a group of Māori visionaries led by Rangiaho Everton, gained the right to launch a mobile network in 1999.”


Gender Ideology & LGBTQ+

Rainbow Tick Accredited
“Taking pride in our stride. 2degrees is proud to announce it has achieved its Rainbow Tick Accreditation. This is an exciting step in the telco’s journey, and part of its purpose to fight for fair for Aotearoa.”

“I’m part of the 2degrees Rainbow Heroes team which we established in 2021, and in that time, we’ve organised Rainbow Youth clothing donation bins, held Pink Shirt Day fundraisers, packed sexual health packs for the Burnett Foundation (formerly NZ Aids Foundation), supported with pronoun education internally, and so much more. This is just the beginning, and it has been so rewarding to feel we’re making such a difference just by being 2degrees employees,” says Brynley McDonald from 2degrees Rainbow Heroes team.

Source: www.2degrees.nz/media-releases/2degrees-achieves-rainbow-tick-accreditation


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)


Climate Change

Committed to the Paris Agreement and 2030 targets.

Source: www.2degrees.nz/media-releases/committed-to-making-climate-action-2degrees-targets-are-verified

Positive Policies & Activities


Fair Parenting
This policy provides greater financial security to caregivers on parental leave and helps maintain pay equity when they return to work.
* 100% Parental Leave Top Up of an employee’s base salary for the 26-week statutory leave period.
* 5-day work week pay-out for returning carers while working only four days for up to 12 weeks
* Two-for-one Superannuation contributions matched when a carer returns to work, for a period equal to the duration of unpaid leave up to 26 weeks.
* Full value annual leave is paid out when the carer returns to work and partners will also get two weeks’ paid leave when the baby arrives.

Source: www.2degrees.nz/about-us/our-purpose

Paid Parental Leave www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/125293248/2degrees-dials-up-its-paid-parental-leave-to-hold-on-to-workers

Fair Days
To help our employees have a wider impact in the community, we’ve made a commitment to contribute 1% of our employees’ time to volunteer with a range of registered charities and non-profit organisations.
* Over 18000 hours of community service is estimated to be generated from this program.
* Up to 800 hours of volunteering hours have been racked up in just 4 months by over 100 employees.
* 10 charities received contributions through our Fair Days initiative.
* Over 800 litres of rubbish have been collected from beaches across Auckland.
* 100 phones were prepped for victims of domestic violence.

Shop Local
2degrees Business is proud to deliver our Shop Local competition, offering local businesses a practical helping hand with $20,000 marketing and advertising packages.
* 2,000+ businesses have entered ‘Shop Local’ since 2019.
* $400,000 invested to support local businesses since 2019.
* $20,000 advertising packages handed out to five winners each cycle.

Note – This page was updated as of 20th May 2024. Please contact us if you’ve discovered other relevant information about 2degrees or other businesses pushing woke agendas. You should also contact us if you discover some positively woke-free businesses.

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