With kaimahi (staff) morale at a low point after a major restructure in 2009, and concerns about community health, the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa faced a dual challenge: to bring a nationwide organisation back together and change attitudes to wellbeing. The organisation’s research also showed that if real change was to occur, it would need to extend beyond the “tearooms and corridors” of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and extend into the communities where the kaimahi lived.
Recognising that their 3000 people were the driving force behind its business, SKYCITY put the focus on employee wellness and came up with a guiding principle: “prevent harm and build wellness”. They put the emphasis on fun, physical challenges for better uptake.
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa operates from 80 locations throughout the country offering holistic education opportunities guided by Māori principles and values. It provides certificate to degree level qualifications in subjects including small business, computing, social work, teaching, Māori performing arts and te reo Māori.
“We are mindful of the health and welfare of our whanau and communities and we understand the influence of Tau Ora and its ability to change lives.”