Te Pae Tawhiti

Te Pae Tawhiti is the governments work with Māori here and abroad to enable mātauranga Māori and taonga to flourish in accordance with tikanga Māori, much of which was covered in the Wai 262 claim.  Te Puni Kōkiri is leading Te Pae Tawhiti and is working alongside Te Taumata Whakapūmau and other government agencies to deliver the Te Pae Tawhiti programme – Te Tumu mō te Pae Tawhiti.

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

Mātauranga Māori is a central component of te ao Māori and a major part of Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique culture and national identity. The te Tumu mō te Pae Tawhiti work programme seeks to create sustainable economic opportunities based on our unique place in the world, galvanise economic activity, enhance our cultural identity and protect and restore the wellbeing of our environment.


Wai 262 is the 262nd claim registered with the Waitangi Tribunal, lodged in 1991 by six claimants on behalf of themselves and their iwi.

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Te Taumata Whakapūmau

Te Taumata Whakapūmau is the original Wai 262 claimants’ representative rōpū. Te Puni Kōkiri works closely with the rōpū.

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Te Tumu mō te Pae Tawhiti

The Te Pae Tawhiti programme of work, which includes high priority and widespread focus areas.

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Pōkai Ao and Indigenous Collaboration Arrangements

Advancing indigenous peoples through relationship development, improved knowledge sharing, and stronger collaboration.

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Revitalising te reo Māori

Te Reo Māori is the indigenous language of Aotearoa, New Zealand and one of the most important parts of te ao Māori.

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Publications and papers

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A group of indigenous wāhine leaders from Australia and Aotearoa came together to share in industry excellence and cultural exchange bringing our two countries’ indigenous peoples closer to promote economic, social and cultural advancement.

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  • Date: 23 February 2024

Our Te Pae Tawhiti and Ōhanga (economic) policy teams in collaboration with indigenous intellectual property experts Local Contexts, brought together leaders and policy developers whose mahi helps protect indigenous knowledge around the world, including mātauranga Māori.

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Strengthening Māori aspirations in radio spectrum

  • Date: 23 June 2023

New agreements between Te Puni Kōkiri, Hīkina Whakatutuki and the Interim Māori Spectrum Commission will see Māori participation expanding in spectrum and digital industries.

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He Tiro Whānui e pā ana ki te Tiaki Taiao 2019: 2019 Kaitiaki Survey Report

The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) has released a report describing the 2019 Kaitiaki survey’s findings.

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ICA between New Zealand and Canada

In August 2022, Minister for Māori Development Hon Willie Jackson and Canadian Minister of Indigenous Services Hon Patty Hajdu signed an Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement between the governments of Aotearoa-New Zealand and Canada.

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Collaboration arrangement for indigenous prosperity

  • Date: 03 March 2020

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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