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A focus on Māori and Pasifika employees

Our 2021 Work Wellbeing Index discovered that the expectations and demands of wellbeing are not being adequately met for Māori and Pasifika. In fact, there is a large gap between what is important to this group and what is being offered, especially when it comes to wellbeing.

“What we found was Māori and Pasifika place greater importance on wellbeing, community and development than other ethnic groups. They are looking for jobs that make them feel worthwhile, offer good work/life balance and where training and development opportunities exist.”
Jane Kennelly, Skills Consulting Group General Manager of Wellbeing


“Māori thrive in places and spaces that are inclusive of their whānau, and where they feel they can contribute to their whānau, hapū and iwi success. They are also more comfortable seeking support when support systems within organisations are designed as authentically Māori. It enables a sense of enhanced mana, trust, and whānaungatanga. The more work that can be done in this way, the more productive, engaged and innovative employees.”
Ezekiel Raui, Chief Advisor Te Ao Māori at Skills Consulting Group

We have taken a deep dive into this topic to highlight the what matters to Māori and Pasifika compared to other workers when it comes to wellbeing at work. Our report asks:

  • Do Māori and Pasifika have specific needs that differ from the general population?
  • What are their specific needs?
  • How can showing genuine care improve work wellbeing for Māori and Pasifika?


To learn more about the wellbeing needs of Māori and Pasifika, download the report for free via the link below.

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