ANZ New Zealand’s leadership team will also take part in Te Kaa’s Māori cultural competency programme aimed at establishing a baseline of knowledge and understanding within the organisation directly from the top.
Precious Clark, who founded Te Kaa in 2016, says when leaders place value on culture it sends a strong message to their workforce.
“It's courageous when a leader becomes an ambassador and allows things like bi-culturalism and Māori culture enter into the workplace. Someone like Antonia taking leadership in this space is absolutely vital,” Precious says.
“Meaningful cultural change can only come through a transformational process. Leaders have to feel the culture, you have to feel the people in order to lead the organisation into a new state.”
While there is a strong network of Māori staff represented at many levels across ANZ Antonia acknowledges more can be done.
“I don’t see enough Māori in leadership positions within ANZ. I’ve found myself wondering if we are providing the right cultural context for people to be comfortable moving up the organisation,” Antonia says.
“This is important for me and for the future of ANZ, no matter where I end up.”
ANZ started offering te reo Māori as a language option on all ATMs across the bank’s New Zealand network in 2017. In 2018 ANZ hosted free te reo classes for customers, staff and the public for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
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