BNZ to sponsor the Maori All Blacks, with name on jersey on upcoming tour, as it eyes 'managing and growing iwi and Maori wealth'

BNZ to sponsor the Maori All Blacks, with name on jersey on upcoming tour, as it eyes 'managing and growing iwi and Maori wealth'
Maori All Blacks coach Jamie Joseph and his assistant Daryl Gibson alongside a team jersey featuring the BNZ logo.

BNZ, which last month renewed its role as principal sponsor of the five New Zealand Super 15 teams for three seasons, has added another rugby sponsorship deal, announcing a three year deal with the Maori All Blacks.

The deal will see the BNZ logo on the team's jersey during November's three game tour of Britain. However, from next year the AIG name will feature on jerseys after the insurer's recent deal with the New Zealand Rugby Union.

The Maori All Blacks sponsorship comes after BNZ last year appointed Pierre Tohe to a newly created position - head of Maori business - as it, and other banks, eye the about NZ$37 billion worth of "Maori economy" assets following Treaty of Waitangi claim settlements.

In a statement BNZ CEO Andrew Thorburn said BNZ had a long history of working alongside Maori entrepreneurs and iwi groups who had "forged ahead" in tourism, hospitality, construction, forestry, agriculture and a wide range of other industries.

“Maori history and culture is a valuable point of difference and provides a unique perspective. When combined with sound business principles this can result in significant opportunities for Maori and Maori business,” said Thorburn.

“We also understand that managing and growing iwi and Maori wealth is vital for the long-term strength of New Zealand’s economy," Thorburn added.

BNZ has been "banking partner" to Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation since 2001 and was sole lead arranger of a NZ$200 million syndicated loan for it last year.

BNZ's other Maori sponsorship deals include the BNZ Ahuwhenua Maori Excellence in Farming Awards, Aotearoa New Zealand Maori Business Leaders Awards, and the Atamira Maori in the City Festival.

Last month BNZ announced the renewal of its sponsorship of the New Zealand Super 15 teams until the end of the 2015 season. Although the bank won't disclose the value of its individual sponsorship deals, it says the Super 15 one, alongside its sponsorship of Plunket, is one of its bigger ones. In rugby, BNZ also sponsors the national secondary school rugby sevens competition.

Of the Maori All Blacks upcoming tour, a BNZ spokeswoman said Sky TV will be televising some of the matches and other New Zealand media will follow the tour, including Maori media, which all provides "valuable" exposure for BNZ.

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  The Maori Allblacks" - previously [ until 1st  June 2012]  the" NZ Maori Team"  is a far cry from the "Allblacks" not just because that team is not selected on any racial basis ..... using the Allblack name in this way is a travesty as it suggests that there are now two NZ National 15 man Rugby Teams which is simply untrue!

...there are now two NZ National 15 man Rugby Teams
 
I would go easy on the national bit. - it invokes a togetherness which no longer exists in the world of rugby - it's the taxpayers/ratepayers versus the NZRU's for profit ethos along with it's corporate partners.
 
The legacy of RWC debts attached to supposed National rugby playing venues are being collectively imposed upon the citizens not the profiteering RWC or the rugby unions - witness debt forgiveness of the Otago union by Dunedin City Council. 

Yes Stephen you are totally correct although I still maintain that the National Team - ie The "Allblacks" is still something to hold in esteem regardless of the "bankster" tendencies of the NZRFU  however,the maori team is definitely a different kettle of fish at all levels....