First GAYTMs, now Maori pride: ATMs redecorated for Matariki

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You put your card in, enter your pin, select the amount, and money pops out. Yay. It’s one of the most mundane things to do in the world, but ANZ’s new Matariki design for its ATMs means it’s also a celebration of one of the most important dates for Māori.

For the second year running, ANZ is showcasing Matariki, the Māori new year festival, which runs through July. A new surround for selected ANZ ATMs has been created by artist Kereama Taepa, of Ngāti Whakaue and Taranaki Whānui.

The design was inspired by two customary art practices: whakairo carving , and kowhaiwhai painting.

Image by Shawn Moodie

“Creating the themed ATMs for a second consecutive year is just one of of the ways we’re supporting the cultural significance of Matariki, and celebrating the cultures of our staff and diversity within New Zealand,” says Peter Parussini, the head of corporate affairs at ANZ.

The launch of the design also marks the start of ANZ’s month-long celebration of Te Ao Māori (the Maori world), with activities  for both staff and customers, says ANZ head of Māori relationships David Harrison.

"We're encouraging staff to use more te reo when they can throughout July, in addition to Māori language week. There will also be cultural events in Wellington and Auckland and we’ll be launching the findings of our second annual Māori Business survey,” Harrison says.

Taepa says the whakairo patterns on the Matariki-themed ATMs depict the separation of Ranginui, the Sky Father and Papatūānuku, the Earth Mother.

“This is an important part of Māori philosophy as it was this act that created the world of light that we live in today."

ANZ has a history of adorning their ATMs with interesting surround designs marking special occassions such as Anzac Day, Diwali, Daffodil Day, and Gay Pride.

The Matariki ATMs will be at the following branches:

  • Rotorua Mall branch, Rotorua,
  • Willis Street branch, Wellington
  • 45 Queen Street branch, Auckland
  • 205 Queen Street branch, Auckland

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