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July 19, 2023

Anthem Mid-Year Newsletter

Tēnā koutou e te whānau and welcome to Anthem’s Mid-Year update!

 

The last few months have been full of milestones for Anthem, particularly in recognition of our commitment to Aotearoa’s sustainable future.

 

We are immensely proud to announce that we have produced our first sustainability report, which showcases our commitment, progress and our achievements in advancing Environmental, Social and Governance practices.

 

The release of our report also coincides with Anthem being named as the ESG Consultancy of the Year in the regional PR Awards Asia! We’re also thrilled to announce we were awarded two PRINZ awards for our work with Spark and Doppelmayr.

 

The Anthem team supported the launch of Spark’s Future State event which explored the forces behind the next era of tech innovation and business development.

 

We released the fourth episode of our podcast and research series Fair Enough? where we asked the question: Is it fair enough that companies pass on their own cost increases to customers during these challenging economic times?

 

Alongside ANZ, Visa and FIFA, Anthem celebrated the achievements of women in business and sport at their Watch Women Win event.

 

In Anthem Life, we celebrated New Zealand Sign Language week, completed our Whatua Te Aho Tukuruaan lessons with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and welcomed a new team member to the whānau.

 

Kia pai to rā Best wishes from the Anthem team

 

ANTHEM WINS ESG CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR AND GOLD WITH DOPPELMAYR IN PR AWARDS ASIA 

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We are excited to share that Anthem has been named the ESG Consultancy of the Year in the regional PR Awards Asia 2023!   With our client Doppelmayr, the world’s largest ropeways transport operator (cable car, gondola, ski lifts) we also won a Gold award in the Transport category. Our work built an appreciation of Doppelmayr as a credible, trusted and inspiring business with viable, sustainable urban transport solutions that will help New Zealand achieve its environmental, social and economic goals.     The awards are the culmination of years of work by Anthem to reduce our environmental impact, advance Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and strategies for our business and our clients, and foster an inclusive and diverse workplace.  We are honoured to be recognised for our work, particularly as we are benchmarked against our peers across the Asia Pacific region.

 

 

ANTHEM’S COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY

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Last Friday, we released our inaugural sustainability report which showcases how we are putting our voice and energy behind a better climate future.   We believe now is the appropriate time to communicate our achievements, focus and intent to ensure our business is purposeful about minimising our impact on, and improving our contribution to, the world around us.    We are energised by our journey of continuous improvement and will do all we can to walk lightly on this earth, support people around us and maintain a healthy and robust business that contributes positively to Aotearoa’s economic stability.

 

ANTHEM WINS TWO PRINZ AWARDS WITH SPARK AND DOPPELMAYR

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Anthem is thrilled to have won two awards at the PRINZ Awards held last month.  Our mahi with Doppelmayr to showcase the potential of ropeway transportation (think cable cars and gondolas) in New Zealand received Silver in the Corporate and Business Public Relations category, and our work with Spark to help launch the Spark 5G Street Museum received Bronze in the Best Use of Media Relations category. The PRINZ Awards are our national public relations industry awards, so we are honoured to have been recognised. The Anthem team enjoyed an evening celebrating our fellow PR practitioners and the power of communication to help improve Aotearoa.

 

SPARK FUTURE STATE: THE FUTURE OF NEW REALITIES 

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A few Anthemites had the pleasure of leading the media relations programme for Spark’s Future State, an event providing the opportunity to dive into the future of new realities with some of the business world’s top tech innovators. The one-day event explored the driving forces behind the next era of technological innovation and providing the cross-section of the New Zealand business landscape in attendance with actionable insights to pave success through technological and creative development. Anthem was proud to support Spark in leveraging the exceptional talent they brought to New Zealand at Future State, lining up earned media with TV3’s The Project, TVNZ’s Breakfast, Stuff, Sunday Star Times and RNZ. To hear a snippet of what was covered at the event, you can listen to Jonnie Penn’s interview on Kathryn Ryan’s RNZ Nine to Noon show through the link below.

 

 

THE REPUTATIONAL CHALLENGES FOR BUSINESSES PASSING ON COSTS TO CONSUMERS

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Our latest Fair Enough? research series, in partnership with Talbot Mills, asked the public their views on pricing goods and services amidst an economic downturn and whether it is fair enough that companies pass on their own cost increases to customers during these challenging economic times.  The research found that 81% of respondents felt that supermarkets were charging excessively and when asked which companies are doing a good job of balancing their need to make a profit with insulating customers from the rising cost of living, 91% could not name any companies.   Several industry leaders shared their thoughts on how businesses should balance increased costs, whilst maintaining customers and keeping business profits afloat. Listen to our discussion with Gemma Rasmussen, Kirk Hope, David Talbot and Ting Huang in our latest podcast below.

 

 

WATCH WOMEN WIN 

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This month ANZ, Visa and FIFA teamed up to host Watch Women Win, celebrating the achievements of New Zealand women who lead in both business and sporting avenues. The event featured a panel of New Zealand women who inspire us all including Dame Valerie Adams, Olympic rower Emma Twigg, entrepreneur Simran Kaur (Girls Who Invest), journalist Miriama Kamo and ANZ’s Fiona MacKenzie, who each shared insights and inspiration for success.  The event builds on two previous ANZ’s Watch Women/Wāhine Win reports, which aimed to identify and address barriers to women pursuing goals in their chosen sporting field and how this applies to other aspects of their life, from career to personal goals or professional development, and even hobbies. Anthem was honoured to be a part of this event, supporting New Zealand women, empowering them and celebrating their successes’. Watch the full event in the link below!

 

 

ANTHEM LIFE  Whatua Te Aho Tukurua

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Over the past eight weeks the Anthem whānau have come together to take part in Whatua Te Aho Tukurua, facilitated by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and our lovely māhita Moana-Roa Callaghan, Baylee Watene-Kay and Tukaiora Hepi.  These sessions have helped our whānau to learn and develop their Te Reo Māori and grow their confidence when engaging with others and respecting Tikanga Māori. Moana-Roa, Baylee and Tukaiora weaved the practise of language with education on our heritage, our land, our ancestors and appreciating our culture.  The Anthem team is on a journey to integrate Māori language more into our day-to-day and become further educated with our knowledge in Māori language and culture. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Moana-Roa Callaghan, Baylee Watene-Kay and Tukaiora Hepi for sharing their knowledge and partnering with Anthem. To learn more about Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei or Whatua Te Aho Tukurua click the link below.

 

 

Introducing Richard 

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Meet Richard, our fantastic new Chief Financial Officer here at Anthem. Richard joins us with over 20 years of financial experience across private and listed companies in Auckland, London, and Singapore, bringing a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to Anthem. We asked him a few of our #MeetAnAnthemite questions to get to know him a bit better!

 

 

New Zealand Sign Language Week 

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To mark New Zealand Sign Language Week in May, Anthem was honoured to receive a special sign language lesson from Rachel and the team at Auckland Deaf Society. Rachel gave us some inspiring insights into the history of sign language in New Zealand, the elements of deaf culture, and what it is like to live as a deaf person in Aotearoa. We were delighted to also get a chance to learn and practice some NZSL – including how to even share our Anthem purpose in sign.

To learn New Zealand sign language yourself click the link below!

 

 

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That’s our wrap! Kia pai to rā from the Anthem Team

 

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