Major awards for NZ

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

 

Craig West (left) shows off the Deloitte Top 200 Diversity and Inclusion award.
Downer NZ Chief Legal Counsel, Marion Franks (front row, centre), is flanked by colleagues after being named In-House Lawyer of the Year at the 2019 New Zealand Law Awards.

 

It’s an old Maori proverb, which translated to English means, ‘Success is not the work of one, but of many’.

It was an appropriate way for Downer New Zealand’s Executive General Manager – Transport Services, Craig West, to accept the Deloitte Top 200 Diversity and Inclusion Leadership award on 5 December for our Te Ara Whanake leadership program.

The Deloitte Top 200 Awards are held annually to recognise outstanding individual and management team performances among New Zealand’s largest companies and trading organisations.

“To reach the finalist stage of the Deloitte Top 200 Diversity and Inclusion section was reward enough for the amazing programs we have at Downer New Zealand,” Craig said.

“I accepted this award on behalf of Downer, Ngā Kaitiaki o te Ara Whanake (our Māori Leadership Development Advisory Board), our Te Ara Whanake facilitators, our alumni and our amazing team that manages this program on an ongoing basis.

“To win alongside well-known Aotearoa household names shows what we do makes a difference in how we see the world and our communities. My thanks also to our
key partner in delivering these programs, Te Puni Kōkiri – Ngā mihi nui ki a koe.

“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini – Success is not the work of one, but of many.”

Te Ara Whanake has been a key initiative to help attract and retain Māori employees. The program has proven highly successful among our people, with 197 participants completing it to date, and a further 97 nominations received for this year’s program with 66 employees scheduled to take part.

The Deloitte Top 200 judges were impressed by the approach taken to refine the program using pilot schemes before implementing it across a broader group, commenting:

“It is clear Downer has good diversity and inclusion capability, having started the initial pilot in 2014. Although the work uses ‘tried and true’ models, they have articulated how they’ve tested different approaches through pilots, before then moving to the next iteration or activity. This is how innovation works – you try something and either build on success or try something different. A progression is evident in this entry.”

The Deloitte Top 200 gong wasn’t the only big award our New Zealand team took home during the 2019 awards season.

On 21 November, New Zealand’s Chief Legal Counsel, Marion Franks, was named In-House Lawyer of the Year at the 2019 New Zealand Law Awards.

Marion has been instrumental in a number of acquisitions, including the purchase of Hawkins and Spotless, bringing a new level of professionalism and rigour to the in-house legal role.

We’re extremely proud of Marion for everything she has achieved and know just how lucky we are to have her.