Making a positive impact with Sarah Hirini

We're proud to partner with Olympic, world and national rugby player Sarah Hirini, Ngāti Kahungunu, in a newly shaped role of Whatu Kōkiri, Kiwibank Impact Champion.

Olympic, world and national rugby player

Sarah Hirini is one of the most well-respected players in international rugby. She has built a reputation as an outstanding leader, hard-working team player, and a humble character who has created connection and unity across her teams.

Sarah hirini talking in interview

Want more, aspire higher

Sarah's philosophy on and off the field is to set goals and give it everything, it's there if you want to take it. Her motto 'want more, aspire higher' aligns with our purpose statement of ‘Kiwi making Kiwi better off’. As a purpose-led organisation looking to make a positive impact for our people, customers and communities, we're always looking for ways we can be better and aspire for more.

I’m proud to partner with an organisation that’s passionate about social impact and is making a real difference for Kiwi."
Sarah Hirini

Whatu Kōkiri, Kiwibank Impact Champion

Sarah’s role as Whatu Kōkiri, Kiwibank Impact Champion, will see us collaborating to inspire more Kiwi to commit all of themselves towards reaching their goals, whether that be in taking steps to achieve financial security, leadership or embarking on their te ao Māori journey.

"I understand how sharing my own experiences can influence outcomes for young New Zealanders – whether that be belonging, leadership, or financial security," Sarah says.

Committing your whole self to your goals

Sarah’s strength around goal setting is something that all Kiwi can relate to. As well as being an incredibly successful sportswoman, Sarah’s determination and hard work has meant she’s achieved a lot in other areas of her life. Sarah purchased her first home together with her sister through a co-own model when they were 21 and 19 respectively. Our partnership combines our banking expertise and passion for supporting Kiwi thrive, with Sarah's advocacy for financial security and leadership.

Sarah's achievements

  • 2023 Sport NZ Leadership Award (Halberg Awards)
  • 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Gold Medallist
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games Silver Medallist
  • Captain of the National Women's Sevens team
  • Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to rugby
  • World Rugby Team of the Year
  • 3x NZ Rugby Player of the Year
  • 3x World Champion
  • 6x World Sevens Series Titles