Kiwibank makes inaugural appointment under future directors scheme


Kiwibank welcomed Anne Haira to its board earlier this month as part of the Institute of Director’s Future Directors programme.

Anne is the Deputy Secretary Partnerships, Investments and Enablement at the Ministry of Environment, where she has held leadership roles in climate change policy, data and evidence, and external affairs functions since joining in 2019. She’s previously held roles at Fonterra, where she pioneered the organisation’s Māori Strategy, and worked as a senior lawyer with commercial law firm Kensington Swan advising a wide range of iwi and hapū on Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlement negotiations as well as post-settlement issues.

In her role as a Future Director, Anne will fully participate in Kiwibank Board and Committee meetings as a non-voting participant.

Speaking about the appointment, Anne said she was thrilled to join Kiwibank’s Board. “This appointment provides me with the opportunity to learn from governors with wide-ranging sectoral experience.

“I'm looking forward to contributing my experience in climate change and sustainability and experiencing first-hand the challenger culture that the bank is known for.”

Kiwibank Board Chair Jon Hartley reflected, “This is an exciting opportunity for both Kiwibank and Anne. Her background, experiences and enthusiasm align closely with our purpose of Kiwi making Kiwi better off. We welcome Anne in her role as a Future Director of the bank and look forward to working together.”

Anne began her career in government and held policy roles at the Ministry of Economic Development and Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Māori Development). She has worked overseas for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia as well as the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs in Vancouver, Canada.

Anne’s whakapapa is to Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, and Rangitāne and she lives in Wellington.