Māori & Pasifika at Powerco
Powerco acknowledges there is under-representation of Māori among its employees and is fostering a more inclusive environment where tangata whenua are valued and any biases addressed.
- Powerco has developed a Māori Cultural Advisory Group Te Puāwai o Powerco to grow knowledge, understanding and increase uptake of Te Ao Māori (the Māori world view) across the business. The group, with representatives from throughout the company, also seeks to promote and help improve biculturalism within Powerco and discuss ideas on how to add value to its people.
- Te Puāwai o Powerco has developed an employee resource hub call Te Puna Matauranga o Powerco (The Maori knowledge spring of Powerco). The information hub serves as a first port-of-call for those wanting to learn some basic te reo phrases, karakia, waiata or tikanga around visiting a marae of engaging with iwi.
- In its commitment to fostering Māori relationships and acknowledging the importance of them in the community, Powerco has recruited an Iwi Relationships Advisor to guide its engagement with iwi and Māori organisations. The advisor, along with Powerco’s Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, have a deep understanding of tikanga Māori and fluency in Te Reo.
- To advance inclusiveness, te reo is included in Powerco documents and, when writing Māori words, Powerco works hard to ensure they are correct, including using macrons.