ANZ is one of New Zealand’s leading banking and financial services groups. More than one million New Zealanders bank with ANZ.

ANZ is one of New Zealand’s largest companies based on profit and assets, and the country’s biggest corporate taxpayer. ANZ employs around 8,000 staff.

Parent company is ANZ Group Holdings Limited.


Woke Rating

We rate ANZ as extremely woke, especially on LGBTQI+ issues and cultural virtue signalling.

Woke Summary

  • Virtue Signalling – lots of virtue signalling found, especially rainbow virtue signalling and cultural virtue signalling.
  • Gender Ideology & LGBTQ – ANZ is Rainbow Tick Certified, and heavily involved in many LGBTQI+ events and initiatives.
  • Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) – has DEI policies. Applies gender recruitment targets. Committed to 40:40:20 gender split. Embraces Te Ao Māori (Māori  worldview, beliefs, and mythology). 
  • Critical Race Theory is found.
  • Climate Change – Supports the Paris Agreement, and has emissions reduction targets. Through its parent company (ANZ Group Holdings Limited), ANZ Aotearoa is a member of the UN’s Net Zero Banking Alliance.

Woke Policies

Wokeness and virtue signalling distracts a company from its core business, which is to make a profit for shareholders while delivering excellent, affordable products and services to its customers. Businesses should not be distracted from this core purpose, otherwise there will be unnecessary costs which are ultimately passed onto consumers. Woke ideologies are typically unfriendly towards the traditional family unit.

Below are some woke policies and initiatives from ANZ…

Virtue Signalling

ANZ’s virtue signalling includes:

“We strive to reflect the communities of Aotearoa; Tākiri-ā-Rāngi, our Te Ao Māori strategy, sets our course as a bank inspired by the hopes and aspirations of all.” Source:

ANZ New Zealand Te Ao Māori Strategy 2040  – ANZ New Zealand’s Te Ao Māori strategy – our new way of thinking and work plan from now until 2040.

“ANZ New Zealand wants to better reflect and respond to the cultural diversity of the workforce, customer base and country. Tākiri-ā-Rangi sets our course as a bank inspired by the hopes and aspirations of all.” 

“It’s time for the business world to empower Māori to create their own economic future on their own terms. Tākiri-ā-Rangi is the roadmap for how ANZ New Zealand will support this change.”

Source: ANZ New Zealand Te Ao Māori Strategy 2040

Embracing Te Ao Māori (Māori worldview and mythology) despite majority of ANZ customers being non-Māori ? …

Gender Ideology & LGBTQ+

ANZ fully embraces LGBTQI+ and “queerness”. ANZ is Rainbow Tick Certified, and heavily involved in LGBTQI+ events and initiatives, including Pride Month, Pride Parade, Big Gay Out etc. 

ANZ has it’s own Pride Network for LGBTIQ+ and even has its own Drag Queen – Ivanna Drink. 

ANZ actively promotes Gay Pride to children, using drag queens in many events and campaigns …

Here’s the ANZ Gay Pride Logo

ANZ’s latest TV commercial is so woke it features an Indian man in a dress…


Back in 2015 ANZ created “GAYTMs” to celebrate the bank’s partnership with Pride Festival, Pride Festival, and marked its accreditation into the Rainbow Tick programme.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

ANZ has DEI policies and applies gender recruitment targets. Committed to 40:40:20 gender split (40 percent, 40 percent male, and 20 percent non-binary). Embraces Te Ao Māori (Māori  worldview, beliefs, and mythology).

Gender Equity Targets
“At ANZ equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are core components of our organisational values and behaviours.” 

“We intend to continue to set challenging and progressive diversity targets over the next three years in the following areas:”

  • Women in leadership
  • Māori representation in senior role
  • Pasifika representation in senior roles
  • Minority ethnic representation across the bank
  • Māori representation across the bank
  • Pasifika representation across the bank
  • Reducing the gender pay gap

Source: ANZ website 

Climate Change

ANZ supports the Paris Agreement, Agenda 2030 and 2050, and has emissions reduction targets. 

“At ANZ we take our commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters seriously. We aspire to be a leader in supporting Aotearoa’s transition to a low emissions, inclusive, climate resilient economy.”

“The most important role we can play in meeting Aotearoa’s Climate ambitions is to help our customers reduce emissions and enhance their resilience to a changing climate.”


ANZ’s ultimate parent company, ANZ Group Holdings Limited, is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s Net Zero Banking Alliance. As a member of the Net Zero Banking Alliance, the ANZ Group commits to transition its lending in key sectors to net zero emissions by 2050. As part of the ANZ Group, ANZ NZ is included in this commitment and contributes to the ANZ Group’s climate targets.

Being a member of the Net Zero Banking Alliance means agreeing to get the emissions of the whole businesses – including the impact of the companies banks lend to – to a level compatible with keeping global heating to 1.5C.

“To reduce our portfolio emissions, we commit to transitioning our lending in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

“We may decline lending and/or reduce our exposure to projects and customers – new or existing – that do not meet our expectations.”

“We want to be the leading Australia- and New Zealand-based bank in supporting customers’ transition to net zero emissions by 2050.“


Positive Policies & Activities

Cancer Society Sponsorship: ANZ is a major sponsor of the Cancer Society, raising money while also raising awareness of the important work the Cancer Society provides.

ANZ Whānau/Parent Network Group – supporting and encouraging expectant, new and existing parents to thrive in both their home and work environments.

Business Regrowth Loan – ANZ Bank New Zealand has launched a low interest Business Regrowth Loan to support customers impacted by extreme weather events now and into the future.

Note – This page was updated as of 20th May 2024. Please contact us if you’ve discovered other relevant information about ANZ or other businesses pushing woke agendas. You should also contact us if you discover some positively woke-free businesses.

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