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2022 Tahunui-a-rangi Award: Fit-for-purpose hijab for muslim policewomen

Deborah Cumming and Nina Weaver from Wellington School of Design Ngā Pae Māhutonga, Massey University, have received the Tahunui-a-rangi Award for creating a fit-for-purpose hijab, Operational Hijab Design, that supports safe and inclusive practices and changes the future of policing for Muslim women around the world.

The Operational Hijab Design fills a gap in fundamental uniform requirements for Muslim policewomen.

It was commissioned by New Zealand Police following the devastating 2019 Christchurch terror attack that drew attention to the lack of Muslim representation in police ranks.

Following a co-design process, the design allows for the freedom of movement and rigorous performance that policing demands, and can be worn with all police issue headwear.

This innovative design means more Muslim women might consider a career in policing, supporting inclusive police services that can better reflect the communities of Aotearoa and the world.


Design winners

From left: Deborah Cumming and Nina Weaver


Tahunui-A-Rangi Award:
Recognising excellence in invention and creation which is significant in its economic, social, cultural, or environmental impact.

For the Operational Hijab Design that creates a fit-for-purpose hijab that supports safe and inclusive practices for Muslim police women around the world.