Te ao Māori

The collective and individual rights and interests of Māori as tangata whenua are recognised, protected, supported, and invested in.

Last updated: Wednesday, 13 March 2024 | Rāapa, 13 Poutūterangi, 2024

Focus areas for this strategic priority

Te Whare o te Reo Mauri Ora and Broadcasting

Goal: Supporting the growth of a healthy and vibrant te reo Māori me ōna tikanga with a specific focus on modernising the Māori media and broadcasting sector.

Outcome: Te reo Māori is a healthy, vibrant and thriving everyday language.

Te reo Māori plays an important part in enhancing Māori people’s experience of cultural belonging, collective identity and communal sharing and giving, which helps Māori as individuals and as whānau to achieve and sustain their wellbeing. Te reo Māori is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s official languages and is fundamental to our nation’s culture and identity. It is recognised by the Crown as a taonga of iwi and Māori, and is protected by the Treaty of Waitangi.

Te Pae Tawhiti

Goal: Leading the whole-of-government work between the Crown and Māori to give effect to Ko Aotearoa Tānei (Wai 262).

Outcome: Māori are recognised and enabled as kaitiaki for mātauranga Māori and taonga Māori.

Mātauranga Māori ( traditional Māori knowledge) provides our country with a rich history and understanding of the relationship between people, place and the environment. It is interwoven throughout whānau, hapū and iwi, and across Aotearoa New Zealand. The importance of mātauranga Māori is integral to Māori culture and underpins our unique national identity.

Te Taiao

Goal: Ensure Māori rights and interests are part of decision making for the environmental issues and natural resources sector.

Outcome: Iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori are recognised and enabled as decision makers and kaitiaki for their environments.

Te Taiao encompasses all the natural environment and how we interact with it. Whenua is central to te Taiao and is the source of sustenance, nourishment (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) and the basis for Māori development and prosperity.