Housing New Zealand’s Values Charter, Kotahitanga, was developed by its own people and recognises achieving goals as an organisation can only happen by working together in an environment of trust, care, contribution, humility and learning. Our people told us that a working environment steeped in these characteristics will form the foundation of our success.
Kotahitanga, one team, was an existing value. Given its meaning it seemed appropriate as a title for a grouping of principles. We requested the advice of the Māori Language Commission/ Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, in developing this Values Charter.
Kotahitanga reflects the organisation wide responsibility to drive change and the five Values were developed by the data from:
- More than 700 respondents to a Leadership and Culture Survey.
- 13 culture and wellbeing group workshops, with 130 participants.
- More than 400 respondents to an Internal Communications survey.
- 120 contributions to the development of a new Vision.
- More than 80 participants in each of the five Senior Leaders’ Forums.
All of this data formed a draft charter which was circulated to the organisation for feedback.
More than 85% of the business attended our road shows or engaged using other platforms during the feedback process. Following an evaluation of the feedback we have now released our Values Charter, Kotahitanga.