Te Pae Tawhiti Guiding objectives:

  • To inspire the whānau whānui to connect with our land and identity.

  • To enhance the cultural capacity and skills of our people.

  • To create an organisation where the best people want to work.

  • To always have a place for our kaumātua in governance roles within our organisation.

  • To always have an active development plan for our people.


Our Values

Nga Tikanga O Nga Tupuna

Our tikanga is encapsulated in our values and provides the touchstone for how we act now and in the future.

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Excellence in all that we do

Definition: We each lead by example, with the grit and courage to do the right thing, always.

Why: Wherever we are in the organisation, we are each responsible and accountable for its success. We are problem-solvers, encouraging creativity and progression at every level of our business. We create value and quality by setting high standards for ourselves, using our initiative and good judgement, respecting and supporting the roles of others, and always doing our best.

WHAKATAUKĪ: Ko te amorangi ki mua, te hāpai ō ki muri. (Leadership to the fore: we all have important roles to play.)

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We rise by lifting others

Definition: We are thoughtful and generous in our dealings with others.

Why: Thoughtfulness, kindness and hospitality are central to our identity and enhance our mana. We value people above all things, and in respecting and nurturing others, we are ourselves uplifted. We show our care by upholding the highest standards of health and safety in our workplaces. We show our care through empathy with others. We show it by taking pleasure and pride in producing great products and services that people value. We always go the extra mile.

WHAKATAUKĪ: He kura te tangata.
(Our humanity is precious.)


Together we are more

Definition:  We are a family, connected by a powerful common purpose, enriched by each other, and bound by mutual respect.

Why: Understanding and valuing the part each person contributes is essential to our success. We know the sum of our efforts is greater than the parts. So we stand shoulder to shoulder, never losing sight of our obligations to each other, our owners, our customers and our business partners.

WHAKATAUKĪ: Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi. Engari, he toa takitini. (Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.)

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Our duty, our heritage, our legacy

Definition: We are collectively responsible for protecting and enhancing our precious natural resources that are our life force. They have been entrusted to us by our ancestors, and will be passed on to future generations.

Why: Our kaupapa is to grow an economic base that enables Wakatū whānau whānui to achieve sustained spiritual, environmental, social and cultural well-being and economic aspirations. Integral to achieving our aspirations is managing our commercial operations in a way that meets our kaitiakitanga obligations. This is our duty and it will be our legacy. We aspire to be world leaders in demonstrating and showcasing how with evolution, passion and deep commitment, this can be achieved.

WHAKATAUKĪ: Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua. (As people disappear from sight, the land remains.)


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Doing things better, doing better things

Definition: We are curious and innovative, always striving for improvement.

Why: We believe in the power of change, to ignite, transform and advance what we do and how we do it. We are problem solvers and it is in our nature to continuously improve. We look forward to new and unimagined futures, knowing that we have the DNA to create better opportunities for people and our planet.

WHAKATAUKĪ: Kōtahi tonu te hiringa i kake ai a Tāne ki Tikitiki-o-Rangi, ko te hiringa i te mahara.
 (There is but one power that allowed Tāne to ascend to the uppermost heavens, and that is the power of the mind.)


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We do as we say

Definition: We are clear about our motives, and we are reliable and honest.

Why: Integrity is at the heart of all of our decisions, guiding everything we do. We live by our word, and understand that the strength of our work is based on the trust and openness vested in each of us. We are consistent, and show this through our honourable words and actions, ensuring we protect our reputation and the reputation of Wakatū.

WHAKATAUKĪ: He tangata kī tahi
A person of a single word