Launch of Te Puni Kōkiri Framework and Case Study for measuring effectiveness for Māori

Trevor Moeke
Deputy Chief Executive
Strategy and Organisational Performance 

Published: Thursday, 17 July 2014 | Rāpare, 17 Hōngongoi, 2014

Nau mai haere mai. Tēnā koutou tēnā koutou katoa. I am Trevor Moeke, Te Puni Kōkiri, Deputy Chief Executive of Strategy and Organisational Performance. Welcome to the launch of our Effectiveness for Māori Measurement and Reporting Framework and Case Study.

A very warm welcome to:

  • Professor Patria Julnes de Lancer, from School of Public and International Affairs, Baltimore University, USA, our special guest speaker.
  • Professor Julnes de Lancer is an internationally recognised expert in performance measurement, accountability, citizen-driven governance and government capability.
  • In 2002 she co-authored one of the first articles on why the use of performance measurement for improving public management practice is so limited. That article was deemed one of the most influential articles in the 75 year history of the American public administration journal Public Administration Review by that journal’s editorial board.
  • She has published and presented extensively on citizenship and performance measurement around the world and this week at the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association conference in Wellington.
  • Nau mai haere mai, esteemed Professor Julnes de Lancer.
  • Finally welcome: to those of you that attended last year’s launch of our Measuring performance and effectiveness literature review report; and all new comers to our measuring effectiveness for Māori community of practice.
  • After my short kōrero Professor de Lancer Julnes will speak, followed by Te Puni Kōkiri Senior Analyst, Kim Aiomanu and Manager Monitoring, Phil Evans, and concluding with discussions from the floor. Improving state sector effectiveness
  • I want to talk very briefly about why Te Puni Kōkiri believes these resources are an important contribution to improving state sector effectiveness.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri is the only agency solely focused on Māori; and principal advisor on Government-Māori relationships. This includes liaising with agencies to achieve improved levels of attainment for Māori.
  • A significant proportion of Māori remain at risk of persistent long-term disadvantage including poorer income and housing outcomes.
  • In 2012 one expert group estimated that just under one third of Māori children, compared with 15 % of other children, were living in persistent poverty.
  • Obviously significant government advice and services are not targeting and meeting Māori needs as effectively as they should be.
  • The Treasury’s Deputy Chief Executive Vicky Robertson recently said ‘Realising Māori potential could make a fundamental improvement to New Zealand’s overall living standards, especially if we approach it in a more targeted way’. Treaty of Waitangi and Crown-Māori relationships
  • Another issue is Treaty of Waitangi rights and responsibilities, and Crown-Māori relationships.
  • At Waitangi this year our Prime Minister affirmed, that the Treaty of Waitangi is more than a document which created a new nation. It is about forward looking relationships. The settlement process is about establishing new future focused Crown – Māori relationships.
  • Article 3 of the Treaty guaranteed Māori the right to protection of Māori as Māori people, and the right and assurance of legal and social equality and equity with all New Zealand citizens.
  • Article 2 and 3 of the Treaty guaranteed Māori the right to: control, and manage their lands and other tāonga as Māori; and determine their own development.
  • Those rights are reflected in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and numerous other international human rights instruments endorsed by our country.
  • Our Prime Minister recently said ‘The Crown must keep its commitments. The Crown needs to work more effectively to target its resources to Māori needs, and it is prepared to change the way it works …to achieve this’.
  • Hence we as state servants all have a really important role in honouring and fulfilling these Treaty and human rights obligations for Māori.
  • Not only should agencies continue to reflect on and seek to learn from how they measure the performance of their services and activities for Māori vis a vis other citizen groups, we need to push ourselves further, and explore how we can measure how our services and activities support Māori aspirations to live, develop, and succeed as Māori.
  • This is equally true for agencies that: provide front-line services to Māori; and/or are responsible for providing advice or services that impact on Māori as individuals or collectives.
  • We offer you our new tools to help us make progress in that direction.
  • In that spirit, I would like to hand you over to our esteemed guest speaker Professor Julnes de Lancer.
  • I hope you enjoy our session today. We look forward to further meetings to help agencies improve how we all measure our performance for Māori.

Tēnā koutou katoa.