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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.

Auckland Council will develop an implementation approach for this outcome working alongside our key partners and stakeholders.  This will be built on existing programmes and ensure all new elements introduced in Auckland Plan 2050 are planned for.

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. In 2017 there were eight co-governance and co-management arrangements between Auckland Council and Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau. The number of sites that involve Māori in governance roles is expected to grow.
  • 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.
  • Adoption of 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:

How to get involved

Supporting information

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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