We're working together with some of New Zealand's heroes to support and inspire our communities.
Westpac ambassador since 2007. Richie McCaw is one of the most capped rugby players of all time and is widely regarded as the greatest player to have ever worn the black jersey. Since his retirement in 2015, Richie has moved his focus to family and business while keeping up his fitness through endurance racing. We’re proud to have Richie as one of our Ambassadors and his work with Westpac over the years has been wide and varied, including Kids Training Days and more recently working with SME’s focusing on success under pressure.
Sir John Kirwan.
Westpac ambassador since 2013. Sir John Kirwan’s (JK) contribution to rugby, both as a player and a coach has been immense, however his perceived success on the field, was not reflective of his struggles off the field as he privately battled depression. JK has become a strong advocate for mental health awareness in New Zealand, destigmatising what is means to have depression. Together, JK and Westpac tour New Zealand talking to the community about recognising the signs of mental illness, and where to turn for help.
Westpac ambassador since 2010. Sophie Pascoe is New Zealand’s most decorated Paralympic swimmer who has firmly cemented her place as one of New Zealand’s most successful athletes. Sophie achievements include 15 Paralympic medals (including nine gold) across three Games, 13 IPC world titles, and growing list of world records. As a competitive athlete, Sophie’s focus with Westpac is as an advocate for the growth and development of young women, and CPR education through the Westpac Rescue Rashies campaign.
Westpac ambassador since 2014. Willie Apiata is a quintessential Kiwi - hardworking, humble and honest. It’s these qualities, which led him to perform one of New Zealand’s most heroic acts of bravery awarding him the honourable Victoria Cross of New Zealand. Willie’s focus with Westpac is in delivering his Youth Values Programme to senior students in schools throughout New Zealand. Though this programme he shares his story of courage, brotherhood and survival, and mentors young people to become great leaders.