Tauranga ATMs get makeovers for Matariki

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ATMs around Tauranga have gotten a makeover in the spirit of Matariki. Photo/supplied
ATMs around Tauranga have gotten a makeover in the spirit of Matariki. Photo/supplied

In the spirit of Matariki ATMs around Tauranga have gotten a special Maori makeover.

A few select ANZ ATMs would feature distinctive Matariki-themed surrounds.

Created by Maori visual artist Simon Te Wheoro, the designs include a number of customary Maori patterns, like the taniko (Maori weaving) pattern and featured seven moko kauae designs to represent Matariki and her six sisters.

"Inspired by the tradition of navigating by the Matariki stars, the moko kauae are set against a triangular taniko pattern, which I've used to depict a traditional constellation identification game known as "mahi whai," Mr Te Wheoro explained.

"The taniko is represented in gradients of blue, to capture the feeling of new beginnings and new life.

"The mountains featured at the base of the ATMs acknowledge Papatuanuku, mother earth. The two mountains seen from left to right are Karioi and Mauao, sacred landmarks that form part of my genealogy."

It is the third year that ANZ has created special ATM surrounds to mark Matariki.

ANZ head of Maori relationships David Harrison said the Matariki ATMs were an example of the opportunities created for staff and customers to learn more about Maori culture.

"We are extremely fortunate to have a strong Maori and Pasifika staff group that leads our cultural initiatives. As well as celebrating Matariki through our ATMs and staff events, we're also encouraging staff to use te reo Maori as much as possible throughout July, especially during Maori Language Week from July 4 - 10.

"With each year we're building greater momentum and it's great to hear people's confidence grow as they use and hear more te reo Māori on a regular basis," he said.

The Matariki ATMs would be displayed at the following branches:

• ANZ Tauranga branch, 1 Grey Street, Tauranga
• ANZ Willis Street branch, 22 Willis Street, Wellington
• ANZ Kaitaia, 111-113 Commerce St, Kaitaia

- Bay of Plenty Times

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