Te aronga o ANZ

Te aronga o ANZ - Expression of ANZ’s purpose

Tākiri-ā-Rangi is a natural expression of ANZ’s purpose

Tākiri-ā-Rangi adds new depth and meaning to our company’s purpose and a richer layer to what our people do every day.

Creating Tākiri-ā-Rangi has taken us much time and many conversations. In our preparation we interviewed more than 200 internal and external stakeholders including senior ANZ staff, ANZ’s Māori staff rōpū and those in Australia, the Human Rights Commissioner, the Commissioner for Productivity and the Commission for Retirement, Māori business and iwi leaders. We also conducted an ANZ New Zealand wide survey where 1080 participants responded.

The clear feedback we received from this diverse group was that any strategy had to be a genuine expression of corporate intent, with deep roots that draw sustenance from ANZ’s core purpose.

At ANZ we describe our purpose in English as “to shape a world where people and communities thrive.” In Māori we say: “kia hanga i te ao, e ora ai, e tupu ai te tangata me te kāinga.”

Tākiri-ā-Rangi not only expresses our company’s purpose perfectly, but also adds another layer of richer meaning to our ICARE values, or tikanga and kawa, for how we do this with integrity, in collaboration, with accountability, with respect and with excellence or; Kia Hōhonu, Mahi Ngātahi, Kawenga, Manawatopu and Te Angitu.

Te wātū o ANZ

ANZ Group operates in more than 30 markets and has more than 48,000 staff worldwide. We’re focused on improving the financial well-being and sustainability of our customers by:

  • Helping people save for, buy and own a sustainable, liveable and affordable home;
  • Helping people start, run and grow a business; and
  • Helping companies move goods and capital around the region.

ANZ New Zealand is the largest bank in Aotearoa New Zealand, with about 8,000 staff. Nationally, about 16% of the population identifies itself as Māori. Within ANZ New Zealand it’s only 7%.

We believe Tākiri-ā-Rangi will enhance and build on our relationships with tangata whenua, mana whenua, whānau, hapū and iwi across Aotearoa New Zealand.

We know our actions can significantly influence the well-being of our customers, staff, communities and the environment. Being a responsible corporate citizen is one of the best ways we can show our commitment to long-term success for all, and our relationship with indigenous peoples across the globe is key to that social and commercial responsibility.

Traditional Māori values encourage longer-term views, and a sense of intergenerational responsibility, leading to a better future for whānau, hapū, iwi and the wider community.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is our nation’s founding document, and ANZ New Zealand acknowledges the promise made in 1840.

In 2021, academic and rangitira Sir Mason Durie wrote that Te Tiriti o Waitangi was embedded in the life of our nation. “Simply, Te Tiriti o Waitangi is about future opportunities, a contrast to the view that Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a burden on our nation,” Sir Mason said in Ngā Tini Whetū – Navigating Māori Futures. “The yet-to-be realised promise of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is about the way in which we will prepare for the future and the unique stamp we will place on Aotearoa New Zealand as a distinctive modern economy within the Pacific.”

ANZ New Zealand agrees.

We have grown much since the opening of our first branch in 1840, and learnt many lessons. Tākiri-ā-Rangi sets us on a course to understand and work with all Māori, to grow that distinctive modern economy.