Date posted: 31/01/2024

Te Tiriti o Waitangi – 184 years on

This year marks 184 years since Māori chiefs and the British Crown first signed te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi). The image above features Te Whare Rūnanga facing the Treaty House at Waitangi. Together the two buildings symbolise the partnership between Māori and the British Crown on which Aotearoa New Zealand was founded. The meeting house reflects the Māori stories and carving styles of iwi (tribes) from across the motu (country), and unites not only Māori and Pākehā, but all New Zealanders.

Whether you live and work in Aotearoa, or are a Kiwi living abroad, this Waitangi Day is an opportunity for members to gain a greater understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi itself, and the principles that underpin it. The principles provide a compass for all organisations operating in Aotearoa to consider, including Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

We share how CA ANZ is aligned with three of the established principles: partnership, participation, and protection.

Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa (The National Māori Accountants Network)

CA ANZ amplifies the work of Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa (NKMoA), a Māori-led, volunteer-led organisation committed to supporting Māori to excel in commerce and contribute to the successful economic development of Māori. NKMoA maintains a national network for members to promote, encourage and support Māori into and through the accounting profession; a goal that is close to our heart.

In partnership with NKMoA, we manage and fund scholarships each year for tauira Māori (Māori students) to help them achieve their aspirations in the accounting profession, so they can contribute to the economic well-being of Māori iwi (tribes), hapū (sub-tribes), and communities.

CA ANZ supports NKMoA to deliver hui-a-tau (annual conferences). This year, Te Hui Taketake a Te Puna Tahua Toa: Growing the Indigenous Economy Globally, the world conference for indigenous accountants and business leaders will be hosted by NKMoA in Rotorua, 25-27 July. Find out more about the conference, Te Hui Taketake a Te Puna Tahuna Toa.

Māori Scholarships

Suzanne Spencer Memorial and Ngā Raumanako Māori Scholarships.

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Building an inclusive profession

Although we are in the early stages of building a cultural picture of our membership, it is already clear that Māori are under-represented in the accounting profession. To address this under-representation, CA ANZ is committed to increasing the number of Māori entering and progressing through the accounting profession by collaborating with universities and other key stakeholders. Our strategy also incorporates fostering a culturally competent profession, including supporting our members to increase their understanding of te Ao Māori (the Māori world).

Building connections, capability, and awareness

The Māori and Pacific Special Interest Group exists for members to connect, learn, and tackle issues facing Māori and Pasifika in the accounting profession, and to encourage Māori and Pasifika students to consider a career in accounting. The group meets in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington).

The CA capability framework reflects employer and community expectations of what it means to be a Chartered Accountant, to help shape the profession of the future. These expectations include developing proficiencies in indigenous culture. In Aotearoa, this includes helping members to act with sensitivity to bi-cultural partnerships, demonstrate āheitanga ahurea Māori (Māori cultural competence), and to enable understanding and inclusion of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge and world view).

To support this capability, CA ANZ has engaged cultural competency experts Tira to deliver wānanga (courses) covering 16 hours of interactive online CPD introducing Te Ao Māori. This includes language, customs, oral traditions, and history.

“One of the biggest benefits has been pronunciation. While that may seem basic, so many of us grew up pronouncing Māori words the wrong way. We all now have the tools to do so correctly and are much more confident”
Steve Roberts CA, Wise Management Services

Akonga (learners) work on the preparation and presentation of their pepeha (lineage), learn to speak confidently in a work whakatau (introduction) and, experience the positive impact of whakawhanaungatanga (connection) through sharing pepeha.

Introduction to Te Ao Māori

Build your knowledge through Te Ao Māori wānanga (courses).

Register your interest to attend the wānanga in 2024

CA ANZ actively support and proudly promote Kura Reo Pakihi (Business Language School) that includes a noho marae (overnight stay on a marae) 15-16 April in Rotorua. This opportunity is available at four levels of proficiency and counts as 13 hours of CPD. You can book online directly with the provider.

Kura Reo Pakihi

Register for the upcoming Kura Reo Pakihi (Business Language School).

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CA ANZ is committed to raising awareness of Te Ao Māori throughout the year by acknowledging and providing resources for significant events like Matariki, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, and Waitangi Day.