INDEPENDENT NEWS

Vodafone unveils company Waiata for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Published: Thu 12 Sep 2019 04:05 PM
Vodafone has unveiled a company waiata to coincide with Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
Vodafone’s Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Kirstin Te Wao explains how this kaupapa came about.
“A wero (challenge) was given to Te Hā Whero, Vodafone’s kapa haka team by our CEO Jason Paris to produce a company song that is uniquely ours. We wanted everyone to have a say in the creation process so we asked our people: what makes you proud to work for Vodafone?
“The whakaaro (thought) on creating this song was to acknowledge the people and work done in the past from those who have moved on, to make way for a new chapter of Vodafone New Zealand, and to move forward as a company in the ever changing world around us,” Te Wao said.
“If you ask me what the most important thing in the world is, I will tell you it is people, it is people.” The first line of Vodafone’s waiata originates from a well-known whakatauki (proverb) that holds a strong meaning to what it means to work at Vodafone.
With help from Kapa Haka expert, Tapeta Wehi from The Haka Experience, the waiata evolved to encapsulate the different personalities within Vodafone, represented by birds and nature. Tapeta’s goal is to take haka to the world.
“It’s an exciting kaupapa to be part of and a great opportunity for Vodafone to share this wider with their global employees, ” says Wehi.
Te Wao adds, “He aha te mea nui I tēnei ao? Māku koe e kī atu he tāngata, he tāngata. What is the most important thing in this world? It is people, it is people. The waiata was composed by our people, for our people. We wanted something that encapsulated the mana of working for Vodafone, and above all something to unite our people.”
The waiata will be used to welcome new people into the organisation as well as international visitors to Vodafone Aotearoa for the first time.

Next in Business, Science, and Tech

COVID-19 Sees Record 12.2 Percent Fall In New Zealand’s Economy
By: Statistics New Zealand
Scientists Release ‘Blueprint’ To Save Critical Ecosystems And Stabilize The Earth’s Climate
By: Joint Press Release
Independent Review Launched Into Assurances For Safe Transport Of Livestock By Sea
By: Ministry For Primary Industries
New Zealand PC Market Grows Nearly 40% Due To Work From Home Demand
By: IDC New Zealand Ltd
Mediaworks Reaches Agreement To Sell TV Operations To Discovery, Inc.
By: Mediaworks
Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed
By: Ministry of Health
New Zealand Hemp Industry Set To Generate $2 Billion Per Annum And Create 20,000 Jobs
By: New Zealand Hemp Industries Association Inc
One In 14 Employed People Report High Risk Of Losing Jobs
By: Statistics New Zealand
ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast Shows NZ Economy Doing Better Than Expected, But Challenges Remain
By: ASB
Live Export Ship Carrying 5,800 New Zealand Cows Goes Missing In East China Sea
By: SAFE
FMA Releases Report Into Active And Passive Fund Management
By: Financial Markets Authority
New Zealand In Deepest Recession In Living Memory
By: New Zealand National Party
Record Transport Investment To Help Economic Recovery And Save Lives
By: New Zealand Government
Trucks And Roads The Key To Economic Survival
By: Road Transport Forum
Building Confidence Crucial Amid An Uncertain Economic Recovery, Says OECD
By: OECD
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media