Air New Zealand Air New Zealand
Pou Auaha / Creative DirectorsAir New Zealand, Designworks, Thoughtfull, True
Ringatoi Matua / Design DirectorsAir New Zealand, Designworks, Thoughtfull, True
Ngā Kaimahi / Team MembersAir New Zealand, Designworks, Thoughtfull, True
ClientAir New Zealand
It was an impressive display of an organisational awareness of:
1. The importance of a clear purpose to align the organisation. This was particularly relevant with respect to who they employ and what grounds them outside of the commercial realities of the airline business.
2. Strategic alignment - The CEO drives a focus on the 3C’s; Customer, Commercial and Culture.
3. A restlessness for change and willingness to challenge the status quo, and continually looking outward for things that impact the business and their customers.
4. Robust design processes, from customer insight methods, active use of their "customer wheel" (journey mapping) to rigorous prioritisation.
5. Strong governance, at the project level through to the board. The board needs to be acknowledged for a belief that an obsession with culture and customer drives commercial success.
6. Evidence of key hires in design disciplines, and a very proactive approach to collaboration with partners.
7. And last, but not least, we can not forget their international awards and financial success to hang our “Effect” hat onto.
3 impressive CEOs and a board who believed that the Kiwi culture was a differentiator on the global stage deserves respect. They are a showcase for design, 16 years later and we need to recognise that (and the time it takes to get there!!)