Downer New Zealand realised that it employed about 800 Māori workers but had very few Māori leaders to represent this workforce. The company recognised that to support the recruitment and development of Māori employees, it was important to develop those leaders.
Downer has been helping shape New Zealand since 1870, when it was the original Public Works Department and Post Office. Today the business in New Zealand has around 5,000 employees providing services to clients across several sectors including roading, major civil works, telecommunications and facilities management.
“I’ve realised my time here was a journey of self-discovery, identifying who I am as a leader currently and what I am possible of becoming by applying myself.”