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Heartland Bank is proud to support the Auckland Writers Festival

Heartland Bank is pleased to once again be the platinum partner of the Auckland Writers Festival, an event catering for a diverse range of age groups, interests and cultures, inspiring people to fall in love with books.

The festival, now in its 19th year, takes place from 13-19 May 2019. More than 200 inspiring and extraordinary writers and thinkers will grace the event, including Heartland Bank supported authors, Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper.

British historian, Sir Antony Beevor has several publications on the Second World War and the 20th century in general. His best-known works include ‘Stalingrad’ and ‘Berlin – The Downfall 1945’ – both of which recount World War II battles between the Soviet Union and Germany.

Artemis Cooper writes primarily biographies. Her works have included the biographies of British historian, Sir Antony Beevor has several publications on the Second World War and the 20th century in general. His best-known works include ‘Stalingrad’ and ‘Berlin – The Downfall 1945’ – both of which recount World War II battles between the Soviet Union and Germany.
Artemis Cooper writes primarily biographies. Her works have included the biographies of British cookery writer Elizabeth David (‘Writing at the Kitchen Table: the authorized biography of Elizabeth David’), and British author and soldier Patrick Leigh Fermor (‘Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure’).

Beevor and Cooper will each speak at two events at the festival where they will discuss their own work and the genres they specialise in.

“Auckland Writers Festival is a fantastic event that brings literary excellence, knowledge and inspiration to Auckland and New Zealand,” said Heartland Bank CEO Chris Flood.

“At Heartland, we recognise our responsibility to assist in the communities we operate in. Supporting literacy and the arts is just one of the ways we do this, and we’re proud to be the platinum partner of the festival for the third year running.”

Heartland Bank is also committed to diversity and increasing its use and support of Māori language and culture. Flood said it was encouraging to see the festival’s commitment to te reo and Māori culture through the introduction of a te reo name for the festival (Waituhi o Tāmaki) and Māori artwork in the programme.

“Our aim is to continue to increase Māori representation amongst our employees and ultimately become an employer of choice for Māori. Heartland is supporting the revitalisation of te reo Māori through displaying bilingual office signage, translating our website and annual reports into te reo Māori and offering te reo and tikanga lessons to our people. So it’s fantastic to see this commitment reflected by Auckland Writers Festival,” said Flood.

Heartland Bank began partnering with the festival in 2017.

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