In 2020 Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand set a new commitment to help improve the lives of First Nations people. Whilst we are at the beginning of our journey, we have some important programs already underway. You can learn more about our work by reading our 2020 Sustainability Stories, or navigating through the Making Lives Better content.
In this latest report we've introduced an acknowledgement of First Nations communities across Australia and New Zealand including a beautiful Māori piece as follows:
Kimberly-Clark New Zealand acknowledges and esteems the tangata whenua of Aotearoa, te reo me ōna tikanga. Mihi rau.
Key word translation is:
- Tangata Whenua - local people, hosts, indigenous people
- Te reo – the language
- Me – a joining word
- ōna - used when the possessor has, or had, no control of the relationship or is subordinant, passive or inferior to what is possessed
- Tikanga – the customary system of values and practices that have developed over time and are deeply embedded in the social context
- Mihi - to greet, pay tribute, acknowledge, thank
- Rau – to place into
Family care connection
A key area of focus for us is prenatal, birthing and early years care for Indigenous communities and as such, it was fitting that our beautiful artwork on the cover of our 2020 Sustainability Stories should tell some of this story.
The artwork was created by artist Leona McGrath, a descendent of the Woopaburra people of Great Keppel Island and the KuKu Yalanji people of Far North Queensland, Australia. Leona is a mother, grandmother, artist, registered midwife and Senior Adviser to the NSW State Government Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategy. She also co-chairs the Rhondanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Trust Fund, and is Chair of the Australian College of Midwives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee.
Leona tells us about the meaning of this beautiful Birthing on Country artwork below.
The center circle is the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women within their communities. The dark blue diamond shape represents Midwives and holistic midwifery care – a model of ‘Birthing on Country’. The service represents a wraparound service taking into consideration the woman, her family, her pregnancy and the wider community.
The lines going out from the circle are the healthy community members having the best start to life and leading healthy lives and having healthy futures.