The findings of this report show a need for companies of all shapes and sizes to step up. Employers have an opportunity to use their influence and leadership to celebrate and champion our Kiwi women in all fields, and our research respondents told us mentors and role models play a big part in the lives of our wāhine toa.
By ‘watching women win’ we can shine a light on and celebrate achievements experienced by women – from the top sporting echelons of the Olympics and Paralympics, to women who are winning everyday by making it to the gym, pursuing their side hustle, or returning to study to improve their whānau’s future. By doing this, by having an action-orientated approach applied to everything we do, we can all make a difference to this generation of New Zealanders, and those to come.
On a personal level, working within the ANZ team has meant I’ve been inspired through the hard work of others over some incredibly challenging years. Their dedication to looking after our people and communities has made me a better leader.
I’ve been supported by key people in my career and my journey to take on my first CEO role: my husband unwaveringly supports my dreams, offers me a safe place to download, keeps me grounded and gives me perspective; my mother still inspires me as one of only a handful of women to be admitted to the High Court in the 1960s; my colleagues who champion my successes and encouraged me to put my hand up – sometimes even putting my hand up for me.
As a member of Global Women, I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a bevy of supportive, inspirational and like-minded women, who have shared failures, lessons and successes to help me overcome my many doubts.
This research shows that fly-by-night campaigns to tell people off or highlight past injustices, pitching men against women isn’t the answer. Instead, celebrating girls and women in their daily successes and wins is a better approach.
As one of the country’s largest employers, we’re committed to help create change and make a difference for the next generation of New Zealanders.
At the centre of the research findings is the idea that visibility is important: “If you can see it, you can be it”.
We need to be optimistic and celebratory in our encouragement. The manifesto in this report sets out how we plan to make this our new normal.
I encourage you to join us in standing beside the girls and women in our lives and champion them daily in big and small ways – whether it’s a gentle encouraging hand on their back to guide them forward into a new opportunity, enabling them to give sport or other activities a go, or being their biggest fan cheering from the side line.
I’m excited to ‘watch women win’ through the many examples we’ll share and enable over the months to come.
E whakapono ana au ehara noa tēnei i te tautoko i ngā wāhine; tōna tikanga kē e whakamanahia ana e ngāi Aotearoa te matenga ki ngā whakautu tūturu e hiki ai i ngā wāhine mā te akiaki me te whakamana i a rātou kia okea urutoatia.
He mea whakaatu ēnei hua o te rangahau i tā ngā pakihi, ahakoa te rahi, eke ki tēnei taumata. E whaiwāhi ana ngā kaiwhakawhiwhi mahi ki te whakamahi i ā rātou mana whakaaweawe, mana ārahi hoki kia whakanui, kia whakaihuwaka hoki i ō tātou wāhine ki ngā kaupapa katia, ā, hei tā ngā kaiurupare uiuinga, he wāhi nui tō ngā kaitautoko me ngā tauira ki ngā ao o ō tātou wāhine toa.
Mā te ‘mātaki i ngā wāhine e toa ana’, e oti i a mātou te whakanui i ngā whakaihuwaka ā ngā wāhine – mai i te ao hākinakinga i ngā Taumāhekeheke o te Ao, me ngā Taumāhekeheke Whaikaha, ki ngā wāhine e toa ai rangi mai, rangi atu, mā te toro ki te whare kori tinana, te whai i tōna ake ara, te waihape ki te akoranga e pai ake ai te anamata o tōna whānau.
Mā tēnei, mā te anga hohe atu ki ā tātou mahinga katoa, e oti pai i a mātou te whaiwāhi ki ngā panonitanga o tēnei whakareanga o ngāi Aotearoa, me ērā anō hei te tau tītoki.
Hei mea hanga matawhaiaro nei, nā taku mahi tahi ki ANZ, kua whakaaweawe au i te whakapau kaha a ērā atu i ngā tau taumaha nei. He kaha nō rātou ki te tiaki i ō tātou tāngata, hapori hoki, kua rangatira ake au.
Kua tautokona au e ngā tāngata matua i taku umanga me taku haerenga ki te kawe i taku tūnga Raukura tuatahi: e kaha tautoko ana tōku hoa rangatira i ōku moemoeā, ka whakawātea mai tētahi wāhi haumaru e whakangā ai, ka whakatau i te mauri; e whakaaweawe tonu mai ana tōku whaea hei wahine tokoiti nei kua whakauru mai ki te Kōti Matua i te ngahurutau 1960; e whakaaweawe ana au i ōku hoamahi e mate ururoa ana, e akiaki ana i ahau kia whakatū i tōku ringa - ka whakatūria tōku ringa e rātou i ētahi wā.
Hei mema o Global Women, mokori ai i te tokomaha wāhine e hora ana e tautoko nei, e whakaaweawe nei, e wairua pai nei, kua tuari tahi i te rarahu, ngā akoranga, me ngā angitu e patua ai ōku āwangawanga.
Ko tā tēnei rangahau he whakaatu i te painga kore o ngā kaupapa e kohete nei i te tangata, te whakanui ana ana i ngā hapa o muri, me te whakataurite i te tāne ki te wahine.
Engari kē ia, ko te painga atu ki te whakanui i ngā kōtiro me ngā wāhine i ā rātou angitu, me ngā toa o ia rā.
Me ko mātou tētahi o ngā kaiwhakawhiwhi mahi rahi rawa i te motu, e ū ana mātou ki te panonitanga pai ki ngā uri kei te heke mai.
Kei te pokapū o ngā kitenga rangahau ko te whakaaro he mea nui te tirohanga: “Pēnā ka kitea e koe, e oti i a koe”.
Me whai whakaaro nui tātou, me whakanui hoki hei ā tātou akiaki. Ko te whāinga o tēnei pūrongo e whakaatu ana i tā tātou mahere e māori ai tēnei.
E akiaki ana ahau kia uru mai koe ki te tū tahi me ngā kōtiro, me ngā wahine, i ō tātou ao, kia whakanui ai i a rātou ahakoa nui mai, ahakoa iti mai - ahakoa he ringa whakatenatena ngāwari ki te tuarā e ārahi ai i a ia ki tētahi huarahi hōu, e oti ai i a ia te whai i tētahi hākinakina, i tētahi atu mahi rānei, e whakanui ai rānei ia e koe.
E hiamo ana au ki te ‘mātaki i ngā wāhine e toa ana’ mā ngā tini tauira ka tuarihia e mātou hei ngā mārama e kainamu ana.