The Civil Aviation Authority has made good progress in addressing the recommendations of the Ministerial Review [PDF 950 KB] into organisational culture.
Despite the challenges of COVID-19 and the disruptions following the sudden departure from Asteron Centre, progress on embedding a positive culture has continued to be a priority.
Much has been achieved since setting up Te Kākano programme and having a dedicated team to lead our activities. Going forward, the Authority’s commitment continues with our long-term actions being embedded in our ongoing people, culture and capability work programmes to ensure we continue to have a respectful, safe and inclusive workplace.
The Authority established Te Kākano in June 2020. The focus was to plant the seeds for real, lasting change so that positive culture takes root and continues to grow. With the programme team in place till February 2022, it was tasked with leading the work required to address the Ministerial Review recommendations.
To support the programme and ensure that the voices of staff were heard, Te Kākano Taskforce was established in August 2020. The Taskforce, with input from many other staff, developed key foundational pieces to support the Authority to be an organisation we are all proud to work in.
As of February 2022, actions by Te Kākano have been integrated into the work of the Authority’s People Team. This is now led by the Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) People Culture and Capability with the support of the Chief Executive and the Authority Leadership Team.
The Authority has made significant progress towards building a positive culture where people feel respected, safe and included. Our highlights include:
While we have made considerable progress in addressing the recommendations from the review, an ongoing work programme for Te Kākano activities is in place to ensure the progress made to date continues through clear leadership, management and support from our People Team. This reflects the commitment of the Board, the Executive Leadership and Te Kākano Programme Team to embed a lasting, positive culture at the Authority.
The ongoing activities include:
Building, embedding and maintaining a positive culture takes time and Te Kākano has planted the seeds for real, lasting improvement. Now, as Te Kākano activities transition into our ongoing people, culture and capability work programmes, the Authority remains committed to continued and deliberate longer-term action to ensure we continue to have a respectful, safe and inclusive workplace.
By ensuring this work remains a priority, the Authority can impact positively on its own people, passengers, aviation participants and other key stakeholders, uphold its reputation as a trusted employer and regulator, and help keep New Zealand’s skies safe and secure.
Read the Te Kākano Progress Update February 2022 [PDF 234 KB]