Annual Report for the Year Ended 30 June 2010

Policy - Crown Māori Relationships

Scope of Appropriation:
Advice on relationships between Māori people and the Crown. It includes Treaty policy issues, advice on the impact of legislation and running the Waka Umanga Secretariat.

Our Approach:

The emphasis has been to positively influence the engagement and understanding between Māori and the Crown by support in facilitating the settlement of historical Treaty claims, providing advice on property rights with respect to natural resources, and developing and administering legislation related to Māori interests.


Performance Measures Budget Standard Actual Standard
Actual Standard Policy Advice Advice is in accordance with the requirements of the Policy Guide and Quality Assurance Handbook and Cabinet Manual-Evidenced by:
An independent assessment of a sample set of policy advice rates the quality of advice on a scale of 1 to 6 External Assessment minimum score of 3 One independent assessment was completed with an overall result of 5.5 (5.21: 08/09)
An annual Ministerial assessment rates the quality of policy advice on a scale of 1 to 6 An annual Ministerial assessment rates the quality of policy advice on a scale of 1 to 6 5.
Policy advice is provided within the agreed timeframes 95% meets timeframes 92% were on time (93.1%: 08/09).
Statutory Monitoring
Monitoring reports are substantiated by an independent expert, to ensure they are methodically robust (based on widely accepted methodological and ethical practices), and findings supported by evidence 100% Not achieved.
Sample of research/ statistical reports externally validated against criteria Minimum of 3 reports sampled Not achieved, only 1 report externally validated.
All externally validated reports reviewed will have been assessed as achieving against the four criteria being; relevance, representative, methodologically robust and timelyon a scale of 1 to 5 External Assessment - Assessed as meeting at least 3 of 4 criteria All four criteria met.
Treaty Settlements
Provide advice, facilitation and brokerage to support governments goal of settling all historic claims by 2014 on; mandate and representation; governance and settlement ratification; protection mechanism; settlements policy:
Mandate and ratification responsibilities to negotiating parties and Ministers are conducted within agreed timeframes 95% of timeframes met Achieved, 100 mandate and ratification hui observed within agreed timeframes.
Mandate and ratification decisions reflect Te Puni Kōkiri advice 95% Achieved.
Resolution of inter and intra iwi, and CrownMāori disputessettlement progress resumes as a result of facilitated interventions 80% Achieved.
Cabinet paper and Annual Report prepared on the implementation of Waitangi Tribunal recommendationsfor tabling in the House of Representatives By 31 August 2009 Completed 31 August 2009
Law Reform
Undertake direct consultation with Māori on Te Puni Kōkiri led legislative proposals. 100% Achieved.
Nominations and Appointments
Coordinate the Minister of Māori Affairs' statutory responsibilities and interests in Government appointed Boards and organisations including the key appointments to the Māori Land Court Judges, Waitangi Tribunal Members, Māori Trustee, and members of Te Māngai Pāho, Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo and the Māori Television Service:
nominations and appointments process is undertaken within agreed timeframes 95% of timeframes met Not achieved, 93.5% met.
 success rate of advice provided on nominations to Government appointed organisations and bodies  25% to 30% 58.75%
Māori Trustee Monitoring
Facilitate the development of the first Funding Agreement between the Māori Trustee and Minister for 2009/10 and 2010/11. Signed agreement by 30 September 2009. Agreement covering both 2009/10 and 2010/11 signed 16 December 2009.
Monitor the quarterly performance of the Māori Trustee against the accountability requirements of the Funding Agreement, and provide advice on performance to the Minister Within 10 working days Achieved within 10 working days.
Facilitate regular meetings with the Māori Trustee (and/ or MT staff) on issues of mutual interest Minimum of 2 2 meetings convened


Treaty Settlements

Te Puni Kōkiri provided advice to the Minister of Māori Affairs about various  aspects of  Treaty of Waitangi settlements. This included mandate and representation advice relating to Ngāti Koroki,Kahukura/Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Raukawa,  and Ngāti  Tamaoho as well  as the resolution of internal disputes and cross-claims between Iwi. In addition, we provided advice on settlement ratification issues, and completed an annual report on the implementation of Waitangi Tribunal recommendations.

Aquaculture As an aquaculture agency, Te Puni Kōkiri has worked closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and other agencies in the reform of aquaculture policy to ensure that Māori are well positioned to contribute to and benefit from the anticipated growth in the aquaculture sector, including delivery of the aquaculture Treaty settlement.

Resource Management
Te Puni Kōkiri has been part of wider government efforts to ensure a greater level of Māori involvement in resource management planning and decisionmaking processes during 2009/10.

The reform of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) has been a priority area for Te Puni Kōkiri. Our focus has been to ensure that the objectives of the reforms include simplifying and streamlining the RMA in a way that provides for an improved role for Māori in resource management and development.

In 2009/10 we worked alongside lead agencies, with iwi leaders and their advisers on freshwater management and climate change issues.

Te Puni Kōkiri actively encouraged Māori involvement in the Māori Affairs Committee (MAC) Inquiry into the Māori Community Development Act, by enabling opportunities to participate, disseminating information to a wide range of national and targeted networks, and providing advice to the MAC. Over eighty written submissions were received from representatives of National and District Māori Council, Māori Wardens, hapū and individuals, with a significant number seeking to be heard at the hearings of the Māori Affairs Committee. Progress with other legislation in the Māori Affairs portfolio included:

  • Māori Trustee Amendment Act came into force on 1 July 2009;
  • Whakarewarewa and RotoaTamaheke Vesting Act proceeded through its remaining Parliamentary stages and subsequently received the Royal Assent on 6 November 2009; and on 6 November 2009; and
  • Waka Umanga (Māori Corporations) Bill was discharged on 21 December 2009.

International Activities
In April 2010, the Minister of Māori Affairs attended the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples in New York. At the Forum, the Minister announced New Zealand's support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Minister of Justice made a statement to Parliament at the same time to announce New Zealand's support. Te Puni Kōkiri worked closely with colleague agencies in 2009/10 to: (a) confirm New Zealand's support for the Declaration; and (b) support the announcement of New Zealand's support. In addition, Te Puni Kōkiri provided support for Round 9.5 of the Access and Benefit Sharing negotiations that are part of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. We also played an active role in hosting various international delegation to New Zealand who were interested in indigenous development.

Māori Trustee Monitoring
Te Puni Kōkiri was able to successfully transition the Māori Trustee to a separate legal entity in 2009/10 and in doing so has established its monitoring role. Reports on the funding agreement were received within the required timeframes and advice as appropriate was provided in accordance with the priorities of the Minister of Māori Affairs.

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