Te Puni Kōkiri is government’s principal policy advisor on Māori wellbeing and development.
Our vision is thriving whānau - When whānau are thriving, so do their communities, hapū, iwi and all of Aotearoa.
Our core roles are:
- Empowering whānau to succeed in their goals and aspirations.
- Providing a strategic voice on Māori wellbeing in government decision-making.
- Investing in innovation and capability at an iwi, hapū and whānau level.
- Monitoring and challenging other agencies to deliver better results for Māori.
The Government has prioritised wellbeing outcomes for all New Zealanders, including a stronger focus on lifting wellbeing outcomes for Māori, and increasing the state sector’s responsiveness to Māori. Te Puni Kōkiri contributes to this by:
- Leading policy advice to government on strategic issues affecting Māori wellbeing and development.
- Monitoring outcomes for Māori, and evaluating our effectiveness and the effectiveness of other agencies for Māori.
- Advising on and managing investments in innovative programmes, services, and capability for whānau.
- Influencing and supporting public sector agencies and other organisations to focus on what will make the biggest difference, based on evidence.
- Sustaining local relationships with iwi, hapū and whānau, to inform policy and service design, and connecting Māori with government agencies.