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9 September 2021 – Small Group Meeting - Māori-Crown Relationship


Representatives from Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commission 

Representatives from civil society organisations 

Topics for discussion 

This meeting was set up to discuss civil society organisations’ concerns about how the content and process for the development of the 4th National Action Plan (NAP4) would comply with the Crown’s obligations to Māori.   


Representatives from civil society organisations were invited to explain their concerns and a discussion ensued covering:  

  • The broader context of cross-government work on Māori-Crown relations, including priorities  
  • How the work throughout the NAP4 has and will reflect our obligations under te Tiriti 
  • Going forward, where in NAP4 can we increase Tangata Whenua voices  
  • How we might want to build on the processes we have used in NAP4 to create stronger opportunities to seek out Tangata Whenua voices in the 5th National Action Plan (NAP5). 

Next steps

  • Te Kawa Mataaho and civil society organisations will explore ways to bring more voices into the process.    
  • Continue the discussion between Te Kawa Mataaho and civil society organisations regarding what we mean when involving te Tiriti in this context 
  • Consider whether there are opportunities to expand the External Advisory Panel and how other advisory groups could be approached, for example to be involved in a workshop (e.g. advisory groups agencies currently have in place) 
  • Actively involve agencies such as Te Puni Kōkiri, Te Arawhiti, Ministry for Pacific Peoples and the Office of Ethnic Communities in shaping the NAP4 process  
  • Invite Māori to participate in the development and implementation of commitments to reflect both te Tiriti and te Ao Māori, seeking advice from Te Arawhiti and Te Puni Kōkiri on how to achieve this as we develop the approach for creating commitments.