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Our culture

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Our behaviours reflect the culture we’re developing as we journey towards our vision to make Aotearoa a place where talent wants to live. 

In 2020, after six months of kōrero, reflection and valuable feedback from our internal community we defined four core behaviours that are at the heart of our work together.

  • Karawhiu - We have the courage to give things a go
  • Whakatauira - We lead by example, and trust others to do the same
  • Pūmanawa - We use and share our knowledge to create better outcomes for all
  • Tautoko - We support others to be successful in their roles and lives

These behaviours help support our future - how we show up, treat each other and make our vision a reality - and our continual growth and change as we collectively live and breathe them.

As Aotearoa’s Innovation Agency, it’s our job to be at the forefront of change, anticipating and responding to cultural and social shifts just as we lead and support scientific and technological advancements. We believe innovative practice is at its best designing solutions for the complex world we inhabit.

To this end we’re committed to supporting the resilience and sustainability of Aotearoa New Zealand for generations to come; to tangata whenua; to serving our diverse citizens; and prioritising diversity of voice and experience in the design and delivery of everything we do.

We have a justice-oriented approach to our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging mahi and recognise we’re on a learning journey together as we evolve our systems, structures, policies, and processes. Through our Kia Toipoto mahi, we’re committed to transparent reporting on our gender and ethnicity pay and representation gaps, and to their elimination via a strategic programme of work over the next few years. 

As of Nov 30th 2022, these are:

  • Gender pay gap is 7.96%
  • Māori + Pacific pay gap is 25.9%
  • Asian Pay Gap is 18.2%
  • Leadership Gender Representation Gap is 30%
  • Leadership Ethnicity Representation Gap is 65%

We know we have work to do, and through our DEIB and Kia Toipoto mahi we’re committed to addressing and eliminating our current gaps, to foster an equitable, inclusive culture where all employees and customers feel equally welcome and valued.

Updated: 16 December 2022