December 8, 2023

Kiwibank taking new and inclusive approach to workwear

Kiwibank taking new and inclusive approach to workwear

Kiwibank is updating its uniform for the first time in a decade, saying the new 46-piece collection will allow staff to better express themselves on the job. 

Chief executive Steve Jurkovich says the new and improved uniform was developed with different body types, cultural and religious beliefs and gender neutrality in mind. 

“Kiwibank is leading the charge into a new age of workwear, creating a progressive wardrobe that accurately reflects the diversity of Aotearoa,” he said in a statement.

The all-inclusive range has garments to make everyone feel represented including lavalavas, hijabs, suits, slacks, skirts of different lengths and more. 

Jurkovich said workplace uniforms were created to “enforce discipline, conformity and status”, a belief he felt needed a serious change to accurately represent staff and their needs. 

“We talk a lot about bringing your whole self to work and there is no better visual representation of that than what people wear, and how that reflects the many identities and cultures that make up Aotearoa.”

The collection is big and broad meaning Kiwibank employees can mix and match different pieces to create outfits that feel like them. 

The clothes were created in collaboration with five leading New Zealand designers – Barkers, Jen Sievers, Kiri Nathan, Little Yellow Bird and Standard Issue.

Nathan’s garments draw on her Māori whakapapa and she hoped her unique clothes will give the wearer confidence in their individuality within the workplace. 

“There is a certain āhua (character, nature) an individual radiates when they wear a

garment that makes them feel like they are standing in their own power. Kia māia – be brave, bold, capable, and confident,” she said. 

The new workwear will be worn from mid-2023. 

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