ANZ New Zealand wants to be a contemporary company in an Aotearoa New Zealand that better reflects and can respond to the cultural diversity of the workforce, customer base and country. So having a Te Ao Māori Strategy is critical to the future performance of the organisation.
Tākiri-ā-Rangi, ANZ New Zealand’s Te Ao Māori Strategy, marks an important step in the development of our bank.
The name Tākiri-ā-Rangi was gifted by the Bishop of Tai Tokerau, Kito Pikaahu. He was reminded of a karakia his tūpuna Ngāmanu, a rangatira of Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kaharau, Ngāti Hau and Te Uri O Rorokai, who welcomed and embraced the Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
In response to signing Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatira Ngāmanu delivered the karakia, focusing on the hope, and opportunity it represented for Māori and Pākehā, and all those who would later arrive to Aotearoa New Zealand.
However, over the past 183 years, Māori, hapū and iwi have suffered much loss and grieved greatly. In the Waitangi Tribunal we hear the voices and see the tears of many whānau. They recount transgressions against them, their hapū and iwi. Since the mid-1980s, Māori, hapū and iwi have been on an inspiring journey, reclaiming their reo, tikanga, and their social, cultural, spiritual and economic well-being.
Tākiri-ā-Rangi is the expansive universe above. It is the inspiration we receive when we look up and consider what the future holds.
With only 17 years until the 200th anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Tākiri-ā-Rangi sets our course as a bank inspired by the hopes and aspirations of all. There is much for us to do to grow our nation together and protect the environment (taiao) of Aotearoa New Zealand for future generations.
Being the country’s oldest bank and one of its oldest companies we believe we have a big part to play in Aotearoa New Zealand’s success. As the country has grown so has ANZ New Zealand, and we want to play that important role together with Māori, hapū and iwi to grow our nation.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.