Acculturation – the cultural modification of an individual, group, or people by adapting to or borrowing traits from another culture or a merging of cultures – is increasingly evident in this country’s public agencies.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has not escaped the process. In July 2018, soon after Adrian Orr became the governor, the Otago Daily Times reported the new head of the country’s august central bank was planning to shift the mindset of the institution towards better embracing the rich cultural diversity of the country.
Since he had taken up the post (the ODT reported)
… phrases like tikanga Maori and te reo have begun to feature prominently on its priority list.
Under his watch, the bank’s Statement of Intent, where it sets out its strategic objectives to the Government for the next four years, highlights its intent to embed te reo and tikanga Maori into the culture of the bank. Continue reading “How the management of monetary policy (and other RBNZ activities) are being steeped in Maori mythology”