Westpac scoops Maori Language Award

26 November 2012

E kore e t?ea te korero m? tenei, miharotanga kua tau mai ki runga i a ‘Westpac’ i t? r?tou whakaihuwaka i roto i te W?hanga T?mataiti o te p? tuku taonga a te Taura-whiri, Rua mano, tekau m? rua, i te R?mere i t?r? wiki. 

(Westpac is extremely proud to be named winner of the Private Sector Category at the 2012 Maori Language Awards!)

At a ceremony in Tauranga earlier this month, Westpac became the first bank to be recognised at the Maori Language Awards.  The awards are run by the Maori Language Commission and were introduced in 2004.

Arohatia Te Reo
Steve Atkinson, Regional Manager Central, Business Banking, says “It was great to be noticed for all the great work Westpac does with Maori and Iwi across Aotearoa and the things we do to Arohatia Te Reo (cherish the language) within the bank.

“The award recognises things like New Zealand’s first bilingual branch in Rotorua, our Iwi Cadet scheme, seventy plus Maori Business Champions and the celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week) in July this year.

“It is also a testament to the dedication of our Specialised Business Team for Maori/Iwi, led by Colleen Bermingham-Brown and Fonteyn Moses-Te Kani. Each and every day both women show true passion for their roles and are an inspiration to the people they work with.”

The Maori Language Awards
The awards’ categories include the private sector, community, local government, broadcasting, print, IT and telecommunications, education, tertiary and Maori Language Week.

To find out more about the awards and for a full list of winners, check out the Maori Language Commission’s Media Release.