Kiwa is KPMG’s network for Māori and Pasifika colleagues to connect and support one another during our careers at KPMG.
The name Kiwa is taken from the ingoa Māori, Te-Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, which is the name for the Pacific Ocean. Kiwa represents and celebrates the diversity of this great ocean and its many nations and cultures it brings to our workplace. Nau mai, whakatau mai ra e te whānau whanui o Te Moana nui a Kiwa, mauri ora.
- Develop an inclusive environment that demonstrates genuine interactions with Māori and Pasifika languages, cultural practices and customs.
- Build a pipeline of extraordinary young Māori and Pasifika that reflects Aotearoa’s unique multi-culturalism, through mentoring Māori and Pasifika tertiary students.
- Support new Māori and Pasifika KPMG’ers to ensure they feel welcomed and settled into their new roles.
- Pacific Island Language Week Celebrations
Samoan language week at KPMG is hosted by our Samoan colleagues who share traditional Samoan food, history and Siva with our Auckland office.
- Viaduct Village and KPMG Māori and Pasifika Pop-Up Market
Our Viaduct Village and KPMG Māori and Pasifika pop-up market was initiated to support and uplift our small Māori and Pasifika businesses while also sharing the rich culture of Polynesian arts, crafts and food with corporate offices in the Viaduct area.
- Māori and Pasifika Careers Day
KPMG joins other offices in the Viaduct area to host an annual careers day for Māori and Pasifika tertiary students. Provides students with the opportunity to develop their professional networks and learn more about opportunities that are available to them.
To celebrate Matariki in 2021, our KPMG monthly Partner’s Shout – an office wide social event will be Matariki themed with traditional Māori kai served for our KPMG whānau. We have also held our Internal Waiata practice which are our Te Reo Māori lessons!
We host Karakia sessions every Monday morning. This kaupapa keeps our KPMG whānau connected.
This is intended for everyone, and we encourage our team to share their unique, cultural versions of mihimihi, karakia, and waiata, nau mai haere mai koutou katoa.
It’s an awesome way to get your week off to a great start with mihimihi (greetings), karakia (prayer) and waiata (song) before the mahi of the week kicks in.
Kiwa Mentoring Programme
The Kiwa Mentoring Programme is tailored to help Māori and Pasifika tertiary students to navigate the recruitment process, build confidence in a corporate environment, and develop meaningful relationships with other young Māori and Pasifika professionals.
The programme includes workshops on CV’s and psychometric testing, how to ‘ace-the-case’, professional etiquette, and cultural competency in the workplace. Students are also paired with a mentor who is a current staff member at KPMG, to work on personal goals and development throughout the programme.
The programme is led by Māori and Pasifika staff members who have come through the Kiwa programme themselves, while at university. The mentors are also current Maori and Pasifika KPMG staff members, at different levels and across all divisions.
Kiwa is currently run out of our Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton and Wellington offices.