ANZ Bank New Zealand has appointed high=profile Northland Māori leader Karleen Everitt to head up the bank’s Te Ao Māori strategy.
In this newly created role, Everitt will work closely with the New Zealand leadership team, wider leadership teams, head of Māori business, and Māori and Pasifika Affinity Group.
She joins the bank from Manaaki Solutions where she has been chief executive since 2006. She has worked variously with Māori economics, Maori health services, and held finance roles in the private sector.
Everitt has served on several boards and trusts across New Zealand and is currently deputy chair of the Queen Victoria and St Stephens Trust Board, a trust that promotes education for children of Māori descent.
Everitt was the first Māori woman to chair Northland’s economic development agency, Northland Inc.
“Karleen will play a vital role providing leadership on how ANZ can play a stronger role in building stronger economic participation for Māori and increasing the cultural capabilities of ANZ as it relates to tikanga Māori,” said ANZ chief executive Antonia Watson.
“She will work across ANZ NZ to shape our Te Ao Māori strategy, deliver initiatives that will have a meaningful impact for Māori communities, and implement our vision of a strong partnership with Māori.”
Everitt, who affiliates with Te Iwi Mōrehu, Te Aupōuri, and Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu, has a Master's in Management and post graduate diploma in Māori management from the University of Auckland. She has attended the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School.
She began her role on Monday 14 June.