At Whenua Matua (my workplace); it’s all about being the custodian of assets on the land and, also of the land itself. It’s not just about the vineyard, and the soil. It’s also about areas we are not growing vines on; the creeks, gullies, and hillsides; and the thousands of native plants we have planted over the years, many of which are taonga species with practical uses such as flax weaving.
On a personal level; our work values, such as kaitiaki become part of one’s own life. Being open and honest, doing what you say you are going to do, it’s a simple rule to live by. For example I make sure that people engaged in vineyard tasks understand why they are doing what they are doing, and how their efforts can influence our final product; awesome wine!
It’s also about legacy on a personal level. Being involved in creating Whenua Matua, making a vineyard that will be there long after I am dead and gone. It is something permanent that will live on, something greater, something that my daughter can visit and be proud of.
Karla Bradley | Pipfruit Manager
Our responsibility is to always improve. We are trying to get other people to care and understand the values so they understand where we need to go, and we can go there together.
My greater intention is to be part of a community. We are also a business that thinks of the future, this gives me purpose inside and outside of my work. Attracting the right team that wants to follow this dream. Want to have kids and then come back to be part of a boat that’s going forward. Actually, I’m quite proud to be part of that. All our intentions are moving in the right direction, and I’m quite inspired by everyone in pulling in the right direction.
Tui Hopa | Horticulture
We have a lot of time for the people around us, it’s about caring for the people and not just the land. This recently showed when one of the workers lost his wife- his first thought was to call someone from work. It was amazing to see how everyone came together to help him. In the end, we are like a family, get on each other’s nerves, but there is lots of encouragement. No one wants anyone to fail and we are encouraged to step up, to take on more responsibility.
At work, nothing would be done if there is a risk for the land and environment. There’s a lot of discussion around leasing around blocks to others. We want to know about any changes around how they intend to use the blocks. We need to ensure there are no harmful effects on the land.
There’s the perception that we grow quality and we are known for this instead of profit and numbers. It feels good to work for quality rather than numbers.
Tommy Taylor | Horticulture
In our business decisions that are made are made with this cultural view about relationships that we have with each other and other businesses. We have an affinity to live by yesterdays’ journey going forward.
For me, kaitiakitanga-it’s everyday life. I’m walking in the footsteps of my tūpuna for the young moko that’s coming from behind. We all belong to the land, for a short time, until the next generation comes through. It’s more about what we can all put into it, not what we get out of it to keep the legacy growing.
Vennessa Ede | Payroll Manager
It’s about our connection to the land, the connection to our People and keeping things in balance and to keep improving, for our families to be well and the betterment of our lives and our future. To move forward in a sustainable way with our values aligned to that of Kaitaikitanga moving forward in a way that not only provides for us in the present but will provide for the many generations in the future.
Our values and tikanga is our life, uur tupuna and kaumatua are our role models and as we follow the path they have left us we strive to leave a path based on the same strong values for our rangatahi. Our business operates in a manner to uphold those values. As a parent and whānau member, I try to instil those values and provide opportunities for family to be a part of those things.
Nipa Halliday | 2IC Annies Wet Room
Thai people are like Māori; our values mean a lot to us. We also believe in protection and being protected. Bringing people together under the protection of the Buddha in one family, feel you are one family. At work, we believe in the same thing, we all look after each other.
We are a family – we care and protect each other. We give guidance who ever needs it. Those who ever come to work with sadness we protect them
As for the land, we all live on the land so we should try to protect it . We don’t damage the land, it’s about balance. Annies needs fruit, fruit needs land, human’s need fruit to grow.
Greg Smith | Mussel Operations Manager
For me, kaitiaki is all about mentoring and looking after our people on the water, and our mussel growers, and caring for the environment.
Do you see this value played out at work? Examples? At work, I see this value come to life as we ensure we get the best out of our farming practices for our growers and whānau (family).
We live kaitiaki as a business through the training of crews through to Skippers and we are very involved in beach clean-ups.
At home, I live this value through caring and looking after my family and the environment.
Sabrina Ardizzi | Quality Control Seafood
When I thinks about kaitiaki, I think about a family. Like the head of the family worrying and taking on the responsibility for the whole unit.
At work, I feel like I’ve experienced this role when I oversaw final pack and I needed to take care lots of things and manage people. I always to try to help everyone. All of us in the final pack room act as a team. We try to take care of each other.
As a business, Kono is a good kaitiaki – they are very protective. When someone has a problem or makes a mistake, they don’t judge, they wait and try to solve the problem with the person. There’s also flexibility, if people have problems, they can start later.
Meg McIntosh | Quality Assurance Officer
Being a New Zealander, we are all bought up in nature and taught to keep things green and care for our land and to preserve it in its natural state. At a personal level, I’m very aware of the environment. I’m very conscious of food waste and the packaging we consume.
When it comes to working for Kono we use products that are natural. We change the state of the product by slight degrees, but not irreconcilably so. For example, we turn apples into fruit bars etc. Kono is still in touch with itself and NZ doesn’t add a lot of processes into food.
The company does well in staying as close as possible to the natural state of the ingredients and using all the product. With the apples- they move into another product instead of being wasted. We are doing the most we can to reduce waste.
This approach helps me work for the business and help them to achieve.
Our Identity & Values
Kaitiakitanga We are all part of a legacy Definition: We have been entrusted with the wellbeing of our people, our lands and waters and we are honour-bound to protect them for the next generation.
Rangatiratanga Know the way, show the way Definition: We each lead by example
Manaakitanga The power of generosity Definition: We are thoughtful and generous in our dealings with others.
Whanaungatanga Together we are more Definition: We are a family, connected by a powerful common purpose, enriched by each other, and bound by mutual respect.