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.
Many of our people contribute to our inclusive culture through Heartland’s groups and committees, including our Rainbow Committee, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Manawa Whenua (our network for Māori employees and allies) and Kainga Pasifika (our Pasifika Committee).
Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion doesn’t end there. We support fairer pay for all New Zealanders by being a Living Wage Accredited Employer, and through our participation in MindTheGap pay gap reporting. Find out more.
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.
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.
A Hearing Accredited Workplace
In 2021, Heartland became the National Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s first hearing Accredited Workplace. 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.
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. As a Rainbow Tick certified organisation, we are continuing our work to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our rainbow team members, and to ensure Heartland is an inclusive place to work for all of our people.
Latest diversity news
We’re proud to have been a finalist for Leader Māori HR at the 2022 HRNZ Awards, for our Manawa Ako internship programme. Based on the concept of ‘ako’, meaning to learn and to teach, Manawa Ako provides opportunities for the next generation of Māori and Pasifika to experience working in the financial sector and within … Continue reading “Heartland a finalist for Leader Māori HR – HRNZ Awards”
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we wanted to feature some of the incredible mahi three of our Heartlanders commit to in their spare time.
Our Manawa Ako interns for the 20/21 intake worked with artist Shane Hansen to create a series of four murals that represent Heartland’s mātāpono (values).
This International Women’s Day, we wanted to share what our female leaders have to say about being women in business.
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.
“Our people are the most important part of who we are. Becoming an accredited Living Wage employer was the right thing to do for our Heartland whānau and to contribute to making a positive difference for New Zealanders.”
The importance of women in work is no longer disputed, but some perceptions about structure and gender haven’t quite caught up.
Manawa Ako, our internship programme, helps Heartland embrace and normalise tikanga and te reo Māori.
Inclusion is a vital element of a business’ sustainability and social purpose. It is the right thing to do – mahi tika.