Partnering with iwi

“Staff from Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Te Rūnanga O Toa Rangatira - Ngāti Toa, Te Āhuru Mōwai, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Ministry of Social Development holding Māori Crown Relationships Award at the Spirit of Service Awards 2020”

Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Te Rūnanga O Toa Rangatira - Ngāti Toa, Te Āhuru Mōwai, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Ministry of Social Development have all worked together to enable iwi housing aspirations in Porirua.

The winners of Te Tohu mō te Tūhonotanga a Ngāi Māori me te Karauna | Māori Crown Relationships Award at Te Hāpai Hapori | Spirit of Service Awards started with kōrero, cups of tea and building trust.

Together they developed a modern, future-focused partnership based on a shared vision of enabling a thriving community, which is returning whenua to iwi and devolving management of assets to improve intergenerational wellbeing and the health of mokopuna.

Māori-Crown relationships

One of the Public Service’s most important roles is to support the Crown in its relationships with Māori under te Tiriti o Waitangi | the Treaty of Waitangi (te Tiriti). The new Public Service Act 2020 (the Act) also recognises the responsibility of the Commissioner, chief executives and all Public Service leaders to develop and maintain the capability of the system to engage with Māori and understand Māori perspectives. 

Over the past year, the Commission has led implementation of the Act across the public sector. Alongside Te Arawhiti, The Office for Māori-Crown Relations (Te Arawhiti) and Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development (Te Puni Kōkiri), we have helped strengthen system leadership for the Māori-Crown relationship and strengthen capability across the Public Service. In addition, we have focused on progressing our own Māori capability, which we cover further in this report under Te whakahaere | Te Kawa Mataaho – Our organisation.

We have continued to work closely with Te Arawhiti and Te Puni Kōkiri on implementing the Māori-Crown provisions in the Act. Some of the specific initiatives that we have been involved in that support the Act are as follows.

  • Under section 50 of the Act, the Commissioner appointed Te Hāpai Ō | Māori Advisory Committee to assist him with the implementation of the Act, in particular, the provisions regarding the Crown’s obligations to and relationships with Māori.
  • Section 14(2)(a) of the Act requires developing and maintaining the capability of the Public Service to engage with Māori and to understand Māori perspectives. Alongside Te Puni Kōkiri, we have supported Te Arawhiti to identify and lift Māori-Crown relationship capability across the Public Service, including the PSLT.

The Commissioner has refreshed the expectations and development plans of Public Service chief executives to ensure that these reflect their responsibilities under the Act, including the Māori-Crown relationship and commitments made to Whāinga Amorangi. We worked with Te Puni Kōkiri to support Te Arawhiti as they led the development of  Whāinga Amorangi: Transforming Leadership framework. This framework will guide the Public Service in taking a coordinated approach to strengthening Māori-Crown relations.

Over the last year, we have also worked to uplift Māori-Crown relationship capability across the Public Service through initiatives such as:

  • incorporating development for public service leaders, for example, Whakaaro Rangatira pilot programme for senior leaders (Māori leadership practices working at the Māori-Crown interface) and new Māori-Crown relationship modules for common core development of new people leaders
  • actively encouraging all agencies to fulfil their responsibilities under Maihi Karauna (the Crown’s Strategy for Māori Language Revitalisation 2019–2023) in partnership with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, Māori Language Commission. This is supported through our active participation in Te Papa Kōrero, which brings together Public Service leaders with key system roles in Māori language revitalisation across the Public Service
  • increasing the use and visibility of te reo Māori across the Public Service, working with Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori , including in the refresh of jobs.govt.nz to include te reo Māori for all headings, job titles, job descriptions, chief executive designations and agency names
  • highlighting excellence by including a specific category for Māori-Crown relationships in Te Hāpai Hāpori | Spirit of Service Awards

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