Māori Crown Relations

Te Arawhiti and Māori Development

Relationship Agreement

In May 2019, the Chief Executives of Te Arawhiti and Te Puni Kōkiri signed a relationship agreement setting out how the two agencies will work together.

Shared Roles

Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Arawhiti will place emphasis on working together in different roles and with a different focus in the following areas:

  • Understanding and enabling public sector capability in dealing with Māori outcomes and Māori issues
  • Improvements in outcomes for Māori
  • Enhanced Māori Crown relationships
  • Monitoring the performance of the system for Māori

Roles and Responsibilities

As well as shared areas, the two agencies also have their own roles and responsibilities.

Te Puni Kokiri’s focus will be on promoting development and wellbeing outcomes for Māori, building capability and monitoring the effectiveness of government services for Māori, as well as leading policy advice on issues of importance to Māori.

Te Arawhiti’s focus will be on supporting Māori Crown relationships, building public sector capability to engage with Māori, completing Treaty of Waitangi settlements and ensuring Crown agencies meet settlement commitments, as well as administering the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011


In November 2018 Cabinet agreed to establish Te Arawhiti – The Office for Māori-Crown Relations as a departmental agency hosted by the Ministry of Justice. Te Arawhiti has been operating since January 2019. It’s purpose is to enable and support the Crown to act fairly as a Treaty partner. The Minister for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti is Hon Kelvin Davis.

Repositioning Te Puni Kōkiri

The Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta has also outlined seven key areas of focus for repositioning Te Puni Kōkiri. These areas of focus can be found on page 30 of the Cabinet Paper documents.

Cabinet Paper

Proactive release of Cabinet paper



Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement between New Zealand and Australia

    Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister for Trade and Export Growth Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP signed a collaboration arrangement to deepen the trans-Tasman working relationship on indigenous issues.

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  • Ngāti Rangatahi Whanaunga Association - Draft Mandate Strategy

    • Date: 15 June 2019

    The Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti invites submissions on the Ngāti Rangatahi Whanaunga Association’s (the Association) draft mandate strategy.

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  • Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust Mandate Vote

    • Date: 29 May 2019

    The Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust is seeking a mandate to represent Mōkai Pātea in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown and invites the Mōkai Pātea claimant community to attend mandate voting hui throughout the country. 

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  • Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Ratification Of Post-Settlement Governance Entity

    • Date: 28 May 2019

    Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust seeks the agreement of its members to accept the proposed Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) to receive the Ngāti Rangitihi Settlement Redress once the Settlement is enacted.

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  • Induction of New Māori Wardens for Te Aroha

    • Date: 19 May 2019

    A group of locals willing to support this vision met at the Te Aroha RSA to start the process of being inducted as Māori Wardens.

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