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Statement of Intent 2015-2019

There is a faster improvement in Māori living standards

What we intend to achieve

  • The Crown and Māori (iwi, hapū and whānau) are partnering positively together to improve Māori outcomes, including:
    • public sector agencies successfully working with Māori on ideas and actions to support Māori economic development, particularly with regard to regional development, and
    • public sector agencies successfully working with Māori on ideas and actions to support social outcomes for Māori, particularly with regard to education.

Specific intentions include:

  • shared social and economic objectives for Māori and New Zealand are advanced through effective partnerships between the Crown and Māori (including iwi, hapū and other Māori communities)
  • the Māori, and wider New Zealand , economy is strengthened and diversified through successful partnering between Māori and the Crown on ideas and actions, especially with regard to regional economic development, and
  • Treasury advice is informed by strong understanding of Māori experiences and perspectives. Social service systems are effective in enabling people to contribute to a prosperous, sustainable and inclusive society and the economy.

What success will look like

  • Sustained growth and development in the Māori economy (as measured by the productivity of Māori assets, participation of Māori businesses in export markets and increased levels of innovation of Māori businesses).
  • Accelerated and sustained improvement in Māori education achievement (measured through BPS targets), leading to higher skill levels and better employment outcomes for Māori.
  • Māori have better access to social and affordable housing.
  • Mechanisms for recognising iwi rights and interests in natural resources are well integrated into regulatory frameworks for managing natural resources.
  • Historical Treaty of Waitangi claims are settled and the Crown and iwi are focused on strengthening economic and social outcomes.

What we will do to achieve this

  • Work with the Ministry of Education, other education agencies, iwi and Māori organisations to:
    • understand Māori students’ pathways through education, and specific barriers to achievement for Māori
    • identify current practices and systems that support successful Māori education outcomes and how they could be scaled up, and
    • identify further opportunities to progress changes that support successful Māori education outcomes.
  • Work with MBIE, Te Puni Kōkiri and Ministry for Primary Industries, and engage with Māori enterprises, iwi and Māori entities, to:
    • understand the dynamics, opportunities and constraints faced by Māori enterprises, iwi and Māori entities that participate in the Māori economy
    • identify opportunities for the Māori economy at a regional level, through the cross-government regional growth studies (Northland, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu, Whanganui and East Coast)
    • develop policy advice to support increased productivity of Māori assets, participation of Māori businesses in export markets and increased levels of innovation of Māori businesses, and
    • provide support and advice on historical Treaty of Waitangi settlements, and work with the Ministry for the Environment and iwi leaders on ongoing clarification of Māori rights and interests in water and other natural resources, and develop effective mechanisms to express those rights and interests in practice that support sustainable and productive use of those resources.
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