Te Puni Kokiri

Language preference: Māori English

Language preference: Māori English

Our milestones from 1992 until 2017 and beyond….


  • Te Puni Kōkiri established to replace Ministry of Māori Affairs and Iwi Transition Agency.

    Set up a new Policy Group (6 key focus areas – Health; Education; Assets Management; Labour Resource; Māori Potential; and Relationships between Crown and Iwi, Hapū and Māori), Regions Group (13 offices) and Residual Services.

  • Sir Wira Gardiner appointed as Chief Executive.

    “Two of the greatest challenges we faced as a small policy Ministry was firstly to be taken seriously and secondly to ensure our staff carried out their roles and responsibilities with utmost professionalism.” – Sir Wira Gardiner.

Sir Wira Gardiner accompanied by fellow Head Office staff; John Tamahori (Joint Policy Chair), Bob Storey (Manager, Residual Services Unit), John Paki (General Manager, Māori Trust Office), Mike Te Hiko (Corporate Services Chair) and Nori Parata (Acting Executive Director, Office of Chief Executive). Photo Credit: Introducing the staff of Te Puni Kōkiri, 1992.


  • Te Ture Whenua Māori Amendment Act (Māori Land Act) 1993.

Visitors are greeted by hosts at Waiwhetū marae during a hui on Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993. Photo credit: Hui held at Waiwhetu Marae on the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act - Photograph taken by Phil Reid. Dominion post (Newspaper) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP/1993/1784/5A-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23150808


  • Broadcasting Amendment Act 1993 established Te Māngai Pāho/Te Reo Whakapuaki Irirangi.

  • A Guide for Departments on Consultation with Iwi was published.

  • A Framework for Negotiation Toitū te whenua – outlining Government proposals for a solution to Māori reserved land issues was published.

  • The vast majority of housing loans to Māori whānau were transferred to the Housing Corporation.


  • Medium to Long Term Review of Te Puni Kōkiri.

    Cabinet agreed that Te Puni Kōkiri takes part in standing committees to consider policy – education; training; employment; health; and economic development.

  • Fiscal Responsibility Act 1994.

  • First Māori option exercise under Electoral Act 1993 conducted.


  • Fiscal Envelope

    Te Puni Kōkiri consulted Māori on the Crown’s proposal for settlement of Treaty of Waitangi claims ($1 billion over 10 years).

    121 pre-consultation workshops were held across the motu and 10 major regional hui organised.

Protestor, David Ruru, showcases his displeasure at Te Puni Kōkiri backing the fiscal envelope proposal. Photo credit: Burford, Melanie Jayne, 1970-. Dave Ruru demonstating outside Te Puni Kokiri, Wellington - Photograph taken by Melanie Burford. Dominion post (Newspaper):Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP-Ethics-Demonstrations-General-01. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22382495


  • Omangia to Oma Roa (an intersectoral group) was established to facilitate Māori aspirations for health and wellness.

  • Reach Out Toro Mai a directory of family violence service providers was published.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri focus shifted from Treaty grievances to Māori development within the Government’s Treaty Settlement programme in place.

  • Wira Gardiner tenure as Chief Executive finished on 13 October 1995. John Paki appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer


  • Ngātata Love appointed as Chief Executive Officer.

  • The Te Puni Kōkiri He Oranga Poutama project was established with nine full-time Co-ordinators to promote healthy lifestyles among Māori.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri completed significant work on the Responses to Crime Strategy, the Responses to Offending by Māori project, the Review of Māori Suicides in Prisons, and the drafting of regulations for the Domestic Violence Act.


  • Māori Reserved Land Amendment Act 1997.

    A Guide to the Māori Reserved Land Amendment Act 1997 was published.

  • Māori seats increase to six.

    Te Puni Kōkiri played a major part in the Māori Electoral Option Steering Committee – to increase the opportunity for Māori participation in the New Zealand electoral process.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri published a report on the review of the Ministry of Education (as part of the new Māori & Education function).

  • Te Puni Kōkiri with the Ministry of Education conducted 25 consultation hui to gain insight for an education strategy for Māori.

  • An evaluation of the Māori Women’s Development Fund was completed.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri contributed in resolving the occupation at Lake Waikaremoana.

  • Progress towards Closing Social & Economic Gaps Between Māori non-Māori report published by Te Puni Kōkiri.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri completed reviews on agencies including Housing; Health; Commerce; and ACC (based on audit and evaluation standards).

  • Implemented coalition agreement to establish Māori Development Commissions for Education; Health; Economic Development; and Education – to provide the Minister of Māori Development with independent advice.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri led the development of the Government’s Māori Language Strategy – Cabinet agreed the policy objectives.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri produced a directory of 230 Māori Tourism Operators to promote Māori tourism products and services available in New Zealand.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri commenced a review of the Māori Community Development Act 1962.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri published a strategic plan for Māori Tourism.

  • As part of APEC 99 Māori Involvement Strategy, Te Puni Kōkiri organised four workshops in Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua, and Auckland.

  • Titiro hāngai ka mārama – Māori Women in Focus trends report on Māori women (part of whakapakari series) was released.

  • The first focus Te Puni Kōkiri brought to the Closing the Gaps initiative was in the housing sector, and as part of the Policies for Progress package Cabinet approved a comprehensive housing package directly targeted at rural Māori in the Far North; Kaipara; Ōpōtiki; Gisborne; Wairoa; Rotorua and Whanganui.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri completed reviews of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Department of Labour (DOL).

  • Te Puni Kōkiri led a policy review of the Māori Trustee and Māori Trust Office.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri played an extensive role in the development of the regulations through participation on the Customary Fisheries Working Party.

  • 18 consultation hui on Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 were crucial to a comprehensive review of the Act.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri worked closely with the Māori Employment and Training Commission and Work and Income NZ (WINZ) to develop a Māori industry based training initiative - $6.43m in Vote WINZ focused specifically on Māori trainees.

  • Piloted the Kapa Hanga Kāinga (Group Self Build) programme – a new approach to housing directed at low-income households.

  • Tahua Kaihoatu (Māori Provider Development Fund) launched for providers delivering services to whānau support, employment and training and justice. In the first round $3.5m was allocated to 201 Māori providers.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri published Te Tūāoma – Te Reo Māori: Ngā Tapuwae Kua Takahia (the steps that have been taken) that outlines how Te Reo Māori became an endangered language.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri published Mātātupu – How to develop your Māori Language Policies and Plans.


  • Broadened the functions of Te Puni Kōkiri to include auditing the effectiveness of government services and programmes for Māori.

  • New policy framework for Te Puni Kōkiri included plans for encouraging, supporting and assisting whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori to achieve their own long-term economic and social development.

  • The Māori Business Facilitation Service led by Te Puni Kōkiri commences on 1 September 2000 – to provide advice and mentoring assistance to Māori wishing to start a business.

  • Whānau well-being – Strengthening Families Strategy released.

  • He Pūtahitanga Hōu signalled a major increase in policy development in the areas of employment and training.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri developed a Treaty of Waitangi framework to show the Treaty as a positive influence on good government, rather than a liability.

  • The Children Young Persons and Their Families Agency (CYPFA) stakeholder report released. Te Puni Kōkiri report looked at contracting processes used by CYPFA in its relationship with whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori.

  • Two booklets were published as part of the Māori Language Strategy Initiatives – Mātātupu: Māori Language Policies and Plans Guide to Assist Public Service Departments; and Mātātupu: How to develop your Māori Language Policies and Plans for agencies other than public service departments.

  • Minister of Māori Development hosted a national hui on Te Reo Māori.

  • The Inventory of Māori Language Services – Kupu Whakataki a Te Tumuaki Whakahaere was published.

  • Dr John Tamahori is appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer.
2001 – 2010 coming soon….

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