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Diversity and inclusion

We’re proud to celebrate the many characteristics that make each of us different. We’re committed to improving the inclusiveness of our workplace, enabling our people to be authentic and helping us better understand and respond to our customers. We believe diversity allows us to identify new opportunities, solve problems and make the right decisions.

Many of our people contribute to our inclusive culture through Heartland’s groups and committees, including our Rainbow Committee, Health & Wellbeing Committee, Diversity Committee, Manawa Whenua (our internal network for Māori employees and allies) and our Pasifika Group.

Embracing te reo and tikanga Māori

We aspire to be a workplace that Māori want to be part of. Embracing te reo and tikanga Māori adds another dimension of value to Heartland while at the same time creating a place that Māori can relate to and feel confident to join. Heartland was recognised as a finalist in the 2020 Diversity Awards NZ in relation to our Manawa Ako internship programme which provides an opportunity for the next generation of Māori and Pasifika to experience working in the financial sector and a corporate environment.

Hikina Group

Our Rainbow community

We value all our people and embrace the diversity of sexualities and gender identities at Heartland. Our Rainbow Committee leads our rainbow activities throughout the year, including Pride Month, Sweat with Pride and Red Friday. We’re also working towards achieving the Rainbow Tick to help ensure we are doing all we can to provide a supportive work environment that is accepting of all people.

Rainbow Committee

Creating opportunities for rangatahi

We provide opportunities for our younger employees to drive meaningful change. Employees aged 35 and under can apply annually for a position on the Rangatahi Advisory Board. The Rangatahi Advisory Board provides a forum for selected employees to influence and diversify the perspectives of the leadership team and the board by providing unique insights on strategic initiatives.

Rangatahi Advisory Board

A Hearing Accredited Workplace

Working with the National Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Heartland recently became a Hearing Accredited Workplace. Hearing loss has a significant impact on the New Zealand workforce. The accreditation helps us make hearing awareness part of our everyday conversation – breaking down any communication barriers we may have within Heartland and between us and our customers.

Accredited Workplace

Latest diversity news

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Heartland’s women #ChooseToChallenge gender stereotypes

26 February 2021 by Heartland Bank

This International Women’s Day, we wanted to share what our female leaders have to say about being women in business.

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Heartland’s commitment to Māori culture

15 September 2020 by Heartland Bank

Te wiki o te reo Māori is an opportunity for New Zealanders to embrace te reo and tikanga Māori. But it shouldn’t be the only time we do so.

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Enabling Heartland Bank through gender equality

09 March 2020 by Heartland Bank

The importance of women in work is no longer disputed, but some perceptions about structure and gender haven’t quite caught up.

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Encouraging the rangatahi of Aotearoa

31 January 2020 by Heartland Bank

Manawa Ako, our internship programme, helps Heartland embrace and normalise tikanga and te reo Māori.

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Embracing a culture of inclusion

30 September 2019 by Heartland Bank

Inclusion is a vital element of a business’ sustainability and social purpose. It is the right thing to do – mahi tika.

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Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi – The next generation is coming through

19 January 2019 by Heartland Bank

Over the last two years, Heartland Bank has provided internship opportunities for Māori students before they enter the workforce.

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