One of the most important roles of the Public Service is to support the Crown in its relationships with Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi. The new Public Service Act 2020 also recognises the responsibility of senior leaders to develop the capability of the system to better engage with Māori and understand Māori perspectives.

A whole of system approach is being led by Te Kawa Mataaho, Te Arawhiti and Te Puni Kōkiri to support agencies and leaders to fulfill these responsibilities. This includes implementation of initiatives such as Whāinga Amorangi: Transforming Leadership Framework and Māori Crown Relationships common core development modules for leaders.

Te Taunaki | Public Service Census findings show public servants are building their capability to engage with Māori and are being supported by their agencies to do so. Many respondents (73%) value their knowledge of te reo Māori and want to grow it. Some 65% said staff at their agency are encouraged to use te reo Māori, 59% are supported to develop their skills and 58% use at least some te reo Māori at work. Fewer are proficient, with 6% saying they can have a conversation about a lot of everyday things in te reo Māori. This jumps to 26% for Māori public servants.

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