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Implementing the Māori Identity and Wellbeing outcome

Implementation partners

Many agencies and organisations support and contribute to Māori identity and wellbeing, either as the main focus of their work, or through the delivery of services and activities. This includes various Māori and iwi organisations, government agencies and Auckland Council, as well as non-government and the private sector.

Kaupapa Māori and Māori-led organisations as well as key Māori change agents continue to be critical to delivery of appropriate and effective services for Māori. Public sector organisations also have responsibilities to meet the needs and aspirations of Māori and improve Māori wellbeing.

The Independent Māori Statutory Board was established in 2010 under the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009, to assist Auckland Council to make decisions, perform functions, and exercise powers.

It does this through promoting cultural, economic, environmental, and social issues of significance for mana whenua groups and mataawaka of Tāmaki Makaurau. It also must ensure that the council acts in accordance with statutory provisions referring to te Tiriti o Waitangi / the Treaty of Waitangi.

Auckland Council works with mana whenua and mataawaka, with guidance and support from the Independent Māori Statutory Board, to enable Māori to be involved in decision-making processes. Mana whenua are involved in the consenting process and input into a range of other resource management activities.

The Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority (Maunga Authority) was established in 2014 to co-govern 14 Tūpuna Maunga. The Maunga Authority comprises equal representatives from Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau and Auckland Council, together with Crown (non-voting) representation.

In August 2020, we adopted Kia Ora Tāmaki Makaurau that brings together Māori aspirations, the council group's contribution towards  achieving those aspirations and performance measurement of the council's mahi.

Mechanisms used to work together

Here are some examples of current mechanisms that will contribute towards this outcome:

  • Co-governance arrangements between Māori and the council, or iwi and the Crown, allow for a more direct influence and greater exercise of authority by mana whenua over the taiao. Currently there were eight co-governance and co-management arrangements between Auckland Council and Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau.
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Mana Whenua Forum that partners with the Crown and the council on national and region-shaping matters that require a collective voice. It is a governance-level independent forum, operating under its own terms of reference.  The forum has membership from the 19 council-recognised mana whenua groups -  iwi/hapῡ - and can make decisions on matters within its mandate.
  • Actively partnering with others is a key mechanism for Auckland Council to support Māori identity and well-being. The Southern Initiative is an example. It brings together a range of organisations and willing partners and challenges existing ways of working. Partnering with the community is imperative to the success of the approach.
  • Te Aranga Māori design principles by Auckland Council and the development sector will transform the visual elements of Auckland's public and private places.

Supporting strategies and plans

Here are some examples of current strategies, plans and initiatives that contribute towards this outcome:

  • The Independent Māori Statutory Board's Māori Plan for Tāmaki Makaurau (PDF 3.40MB). This plan provides the high level outcomes and focus areas to achieve healthy and prosperous Tāmaki Makaurau.
  • Auckland Council's Te Aranga design principles, as shown on the Auckland Design Manual website. This supports the use of Māori design and te reo Māori in council infrastructure, communications and publications.
  • Māori outcomes portfolio that overseas the delivery of the ten strategic priorities:
      • Kia or ate kāinga – Papāinga and Māori housing
      • Kia ora te Umanga - Māori Business, Tourism and Employment
      • Kia ora te Marae - Marae Development
      • Kia ora te Reo - Te Reo Māori
      • Kia ora te Ahurea - Māori Identity and Culture
      • Kia ora te Whānau - Whānau and Tamariki Wellbeing
      • Kia ora te Rangatahi  - Realising Rangatahi Potential
      • Kia ora te Taiao - Kaitiakitanga
      • Kia ora te hononga - Effective Māori participation

How to get involved

Supporting information

Te Puni Koriri – the government's principal policy advisor on Māori wellbeing and development.

Information about local marae of Tāmaki Makaurau on the Māori Maps website.

For information about Māori public health in Tāmaki Makaurau check out the Hapai Te Hauora website.

Read the research offering perspectives on Measuring the value of the contribution of Māori language and culture to the New Zealand economy (PDF 1.63MB).

Find out about The Southern Initiative a place-based regeneration programme designed to stimulate and enable social and community innovation in South Auckland.

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