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Māori and Pasifika at ANZ

ANZ is committed to supporting Māori and Pasifika through our staff, our engagement with Māori and Pasifika communities, and our relationships with our Māori and Pasifika customers.

Our priority

Our priority is to ensure our people come to work and feel valued, and understand that their culture and beliefs are respected. For us, a diverse and inclusive workforce means we have engaged staff members from a range of backgrounds reflecting our customers, and is fair for everyone.

We want our staff to feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work and into our branches. A first step in this direction saw ANZ create a Diversity Council to represent the many different people groups across the bank.

Our Māori and Pasifika Network has almost 200 members. Staff across all cultural backgrounds are welcome to join.

In recent years, we’ve seen a growing interest in te reo Māori from the leaders within the bank. When they naturally weave te reo Māori into their communication it supports the language’s continuation both at work and at home. We hope to see the inclusion of te reo Māori continue to rise.

What does this mean at ANZ?

We enjoy celebrating Māori and Pasifika traditions

Across the last 10 years we’ve celebrated Matariki through videos, shared lunches and dinners together.

We encourage the use of te reo Māori in every day conversation

Our commitment to the use of Te Reo Māori in business has also been recognised by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) - ANZ was a finalist in the 2015 Ngā Tohu Reo Māori - Māori Language Awards.

  • To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2018, ANZ hosted a series of te reo Māori classes for ANZ staff and the public to attend.
  • More than 400 people attended the Monday-night classes over five-weeks, learning pronunciation, place names and karakia. It was hosted by Precious Clark, founder of Te Kaa, a Māori cultural competency programme.
  • In 2017 we updated our ATM network across New Zealand to give users the choice of ATM banking in te reo Māori. 
  • Students from the bi-lingual unit of Te Puna Waiora School created artwork for ANZ Queen Street’s ATM, commemorating the milestone te reo Māori inclusion on ATMs across New Zealand.  

We support financial education in New Zealand communities

MoneyMinded is a financial education programme helping make a real difference in Māori and Pasifika communities across New Zealand and the Pacific.

Māori business

ANZ is committed to supporting Māori in small business, commercial and social sectors. We have invested in relationships with iwi and Māori entities to develop an in-depth understanding of Māori business’ aspirations and their commitment to the wider community.

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