Building our organisation

When Te Waihanga was established as an autonomous Crown entity on 26 September 2019, a small establishment Leadership team and core group of permanent advisors were the foundation for establishing the delivery of the Commission’s outcomes and building the permanent organisation.

In an industry that is highly competitive, our people are our biggest asset. We recognised that staff attraction, retention and development were critical to our success.  We placed a high priority on talent acquisition and building the capability of our team.

We developed Our Values:

  • Free-Thinking/Whakaaro nui – we arrive at creative yet considered solutions.   
  • Courageous/Māia – we will have honest conversations that reflect our independence.
  • Trustworthy/Pono – you can depend on us to behave ethically and impartially.
  • Empathetic/Ngākau aroha – we are listening and respectful of different views.

We developed ‘The Way We Work’ – our operations policy.

Both Our Values and ‘The Way We Work’ guide our direction on being a good employer and an employer of choice.