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Te Waka Anga Mua ki Uta

Te Waka Anga Mua ki Uta

What Te Waka Anga Mua ki Uta means

The name Te Waka Anga Mua means “the canoe moving forward together”. It can also mean to strive forward or to advance forward.

The name acknowledges the past: “Me titiro whakamuri kia anga whakamua – we must look from whence we came to advance forward”.

He pītau whakareia, wāwahi ngaru, whāia tōna au
Leading and influencing better outcomes for Māori

It encapsulates the vision, purpose and mission of the department.

Te Waka Anga Mua ki Uta was formerly named Te Waka Angamua Māori Strategy and Relations.

Structure of Te Waka Anga Mua

Te Waka Anga Mua is structured with a central unit known as “Te Waka Anga Mua ki Uta” and roles which are spread across the council group that are known collectively as “Te Waka Anga Mua ki Tai”.

Te Waka Anga Mua ki Uta is about strategy and planning, and means the canoe berthed ashore.

Te Waka Anga Mua ki Tai is about delivery, and means the fleet of canoes that are on the water.

Our commitment to Māori

The Auckland Plan, Unitary Plan, long-term plan and local board plans articulate our commitment to Māori.

We are also committed to meeting our broad legal obligations to Māori, including responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi).

We recognise these responsibilities are distinct from the Crown's treaty obligations and fall within the local government Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland context.

The role of Te Waka Angamua ki Uta / Māori Strategy and Relations is to drive our responsiveness to Māori and better enable us to contribute to Māori well-being. The Māori Responsiveness Framework we adopted in 2012, guides this work across the council family.

Te Waka Angamua ki Uta has a working relationship with the Executive Officer and secretariat of the Independent Māori Statutory Board.

Further information

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