The Prime Minister has established a new Crown/Māori Relations portfolio. The creation of the portfolio shows the Crown’s commitment to a strong, ongoing and healthy relationship with Māori.
Thank you to everyone who attended a hui or sent us their thoughts about the new portfolio. You can read the final submissions summary here:
Cabinet has now made decisions on the final scope of the portfolio. You can read the Cabinet paper here:
The government has some initial ideas but they are not set in stone.
Find out more about the background to this portfolio.
It’s a simple way of talking about the multiple relationships where different parts of the government engage with Māori (as whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori organisations or other interest/sector groups) on a broad range of issues important to Māori.
The Government’s intent for the Crown/Māori relationship is to work more effectively with Māori on initiatives that will benefit Māori and the nation generally.
The government is committed to improve results for Māori and to meet its obligations as a Treaty partner.
To do this, the Crown/Māori relationship must be strong and the Crown, Māori and all New Zealanders must agree on what should be done to achieve this.
Overall, the purpose of the Crown/Māori relations portfolio is to focus on the health of the Crown/Māori relationship now and over time. A healthy relationship will assist the Crown and Māori to: