Organisational structure

Office of the Secretary 

The Office of the Secretary supports the Secretary for Māori Development and the Executive Leadership Team, and is responsible for the overall cultural competency and well-being of the organisation.

The Secretary for Māori Development is Dave Samuels.

The Office of the Secretary Chief of Staff is Steven Sutton.

Policy Partnerships

Policy Partnerships works with Government agencies and Te Puni Kōkiri stakeholders, to develop and advise on policy issues and solutions for Māori wellbeing and development.

Working together with the other puni, Policy Partnerships leads, influences and support policy thinking at multiple levels – from system-level strategic policy and frameworks, to specific, bounded policy initiatives and proposals.  

The Deputy Secretary, Policy Partnerships is Geoff Short.

Strategy, Governance & Public Sector Performance

The Strategy, Governance & Public Sector Performance Te Puni provides strategic direction, and monitors organisational performance internally and externally. The puni also provides governance support, financial management, strategy, planning and performance advice, programme management, risk and assurance advice, public sector effectiveness monitoring and statutory entity monitoring including nominations and appointments.

The Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Governance and Public Sector Performance is Hamiora Bowkett.

Regional Partnerships and Operations

Regional Partnerships and Operations manage and advise on investment priorities and performance and support engagement with, and delivery of services to iwi, hapū and whānau. 

Programmes and operations managed by this puni include: Whenua, Māori wardens, Whānau Ora, Paiheretia, Marae Ora and Māori Enterprise.

Te Puni Kōkiri has a network of offices across six regions. These offices provide regional strategy advice and implementation; iwi, hapū and whānau engagement; brokering and facilitation services; funding support and delivery; investment portfolio advice and planning; and, fund management and administration.

The Deputy Secretary of the Regional Partnerships and Operations is Paula Rawiri.

Organisational Support

Organisational Support develops and manages the core capabilities of Te Puni Kōkiri. The puni provides corporate services including:

  • Communications
  • Human Resources and Capability
  • Information Services
  • Legal Services
  • Ministerial and Business Support

The Deputy Secretary, Organisational Support is Grace Smit.

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