Our values

Our values guide how we work and interact with one another and with our customers and partners.

Alongside our values, our culture embraces a spirit of service to the community. The spirit of service is about respecting the experience of others, delivering our services to ‘Grow Aotearoa New Zealand for All’ and working together (mahi tahi) with other public service agencies to achieve shared outcomes that make the biggest difference for New Zealanders.

Mahi tahi | Better together

Mā mahi tahi, ka ora, ka puāwai
By working together we will flourish and achieve greatness

  • We collaborate and respect the experiences of others
  • We share our knowledge
  • We connect and partner with our communities

Pae kahurangi | Build our future

Ka huri taku aro ki te pae kahurangi, kei reira te oranga mōku
We turn our attention to the future, that’s where the opportunities lie

  • We learn from the past to shape the future
  • We protect what’s precious, our taonga
  • We listen to lead the way

Māia | Bold and brave

Tāwhia tō mana kia mau, kia māia
Retain and hold fast to your mana, be bold, be brave

  • We challenge the status quo
  • We’re curious
  • We explore new ideas

Pono me te Tika | Own it

Ā mātou mahi katoa, ka pono, ka tika
Taking responsibility to commit to doing things right

  • We take responsibility and do what we say we will
  • We embrace the differences of others, always
  • We hold ourselves and each other to account