Our workplace

Gender Pay Gap Action Plan

Te Waihanga supports Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women and Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission requirements for a Gender Pay Gap Action Plan.

Flexible working by default

Te Waihanga offers a flexible workplace and we are open to all staff proposing different work arrangements. We recognise that having a flexible-by-default approach allows Te Waihanga to attract the best talent, maximise productivity and build more diverse and inclusive workplaces. In June 2021 we implemented

our Flexible Work by Default policy which allows for consistent and fair flexible-by-default practice across Te Waihanga. As at 30 June 2021, 83% of our people had established flexible working arrangements.

Health, safety and wellbeing

We are committed to achieving the highest levels of employee safety and to supporting the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of everyone at work. We support people managers to create safe work environments, especially with the people based in our Auckland office or working from home and during periods of increased uncertainty.

Specific initiatives include: our Board and Leadership Team regularly reviewing reported accidents, incidents, and hazards; educating when on-boarding our people; a wellbeing allowance; access to Employee Assistance Programme; discounted group medical insurance; annual flu vaccinations for staff; adjustable stand-up desks; and ergonomic assessments of all workstations. As at 30 June 2021, over 80% of our people had used their wellbeing allowance.


To continue our development of a workplace culture that attracts and retains the right people, in May we held an open feedback session with our people. They were able to provide suggestions in person or in writing on how we could enhance their wellbeing and create more enjoyable workplaces. A total of 18 actions were developed from the positive feedback received, of which 11 have been implemented. They include the provision of a coffee machine, and the establishment of a contestable learning and development fund in addition to our current allowance. The remaining seven actions are being progressed.


Te Waihanga recognises the impact of our work on our environment, our people and our operations. We recognise that we have a responsibility to protect and restore the environment for future generations.

Focus areas to reduce our carbon footprint are:

  • encouraging our people to make sustainable travel choices to and from offices
  • continuing to use video/tele-conferencing technology for external meetings
  • continuing to improve our existing office waste/recycling processes, including implementing composting in the workplace
  • continuing to ensure we enlist suppliers who contribute to a low-emissions economy