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He Tirohanga Mokopuna Shows Treasury Support for Te Reo

11 Sep 2017

The Treasury is demonstrating its support of Māori Language Week with a te reo Māori summary of He Tirohanga Mokopuna, the Treasury’s 2016 Statement on the Long-Term Fiscal Position.

The Statement looks at the next forty years and explores the fiscal challenges and opportunities New Zealand faces.

“The title of the Statement, He Tirohanga Mokopuna, conveys the sense of a future outlook and taking a long-term view,” Secretary to the Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf says.

“Mokopuna is used conceptually to signify a new generation; our mokopuna are the future and we have the responsibility today to leave New Zealand a better place for them in the decades ahead. He Tirohanga Mokopuna also underscores the unique relationship between the Crown and Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi as an imperative in lifting living standards for New Zealanders.”

Mr Makhlouf says the te reo Māori summary titled He Tirohanga Mokopuna: Te Tauāki o 2016 mō te Āhua o te Pūtea Pae Tawhiti – he kaperua  is an example of the Treasury's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion and the promotion of learning and using one of our official languages.

At a Treasury panel discussion earlier this year Ngahiwi Apanui, Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori, praised the Treasury's production of the summary and emphasised the importance of te reo being available.

"With He Tirohanga Mokopuna the Treasury shows that it has a commitment to te reo Māori. The point is that no matter who you are, you have a right to learn te reo Māori – it should be available and accessible to all of us," says Mr Apanui.

Mr Makhlouf says the central role of Māori in improving the country’s long-term wellbeing will continue to grow in importance.

"Māori economic development offers new opportunities for the New Zealand economy to reach its full potential and to lift the living standards of New Zealanders. Māori economic development matters in terms of, for example, social cohesion, equity and sustainability. And cultural authenticity is key to the Māori economy. Developing resources in alignment with te ao Māori, tikanga Māori and kaitiakitanga really resonates with the values of many of our trading partners.

“Understanding how important culture and language is to Māori is critical to our ability to seize the opportunities outlined in He Tirohanaga Mokopuna. We see the te reo Māori summary of He Tirohanga Mokopuna as a means of further encouraging Crown-Māori engagement on improving the living standards of Māori and all New Zealanders."

He Tirohanga Mokopuna: Te Tauāki o 2016 mō te Āhua o te Pūtea Pae Tawhiti – he kaperua is available on the Treasury website: or



Bryan McDaniel | Principal Communications Advisor
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