Tākiri-ā-Rangi, like all strategies, has a framework.
In Te Ao Māori, a traditional whare houses the mauri (spirit), the mātauranga (knowledge), the aspirations, and the kōrero (stories) of the people – past, present and future. Whare are expressions of mana, influence, power, prestige and authority. The whare stands proudly among it’s people as their turangawaewae – their place of belonging.
“Tākiri-ā-Nuku” is the name of our symbolic whare – a place to call home for ANZ New Zealand here in Aotearoa. The name was gifted to us by our Pou Arataki, Mori Rapana, and the Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau, Kito Pikaahu, and was inspired by the karakia (prayer) of the rangatira Ngamanu.
It is the name of ANZ New Zealand’s strategic framework outlining the application of Tākiri-ā-Rangi.
Tākiri-ā-Nuku is inspired by Te Whare Rūnanga – the national wharenui that stands with great reverence as a symbol of partnership between Māori and Pākehā at Ruarangi, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Far North, where Ngāti Rāhiri and Ngāti Kawa are mana whenua.
Te Whare Rūnanga pays homage with its beautiful carvings and tukutuku panels, to all Māori, hapū and iwi from across Aotearoa New Zealand. It was opened on February 6, 1940, 100 years after Te Tiriti was signed. The building of this whare was led by Sir Apirana Ngata and Tau Henare, with tohunga carvers Hone Taiapa, Pine Taiapa, Hori Waititi, the iwi of Ngāti Hine, and members of the 28th Māori Battalion from across the motu contributing.
Today, both Ruarangi and Te Whare Rūnanga are under the guardianship of the Waitangi National Trust. He mihi ki a koutou katoa Ngāti Rāhiri, koutou ko Ngāti Kawa, me Te Waitangi National Trust.
As Te Whare Rūnanga stands beside the Treaty House for all of Aotearoa New Zealand, so too does Tākiri-ā-Nuku stand for us all at ANZ New Zealand.
“Tākiri-ā-Nuku” is the name of our symbolic whare – a place to call home for ANZ New Zealand here in Aotearoa.