Te Puni Kōkiri works within government and communities, to support Māori collective success at home and globally.

We do this in three main ways:


By providing strategic leadership advice and guidance to Ministers and the State sector on the Crown’s ongoing and evolving partnerships and relationships with iwi, hapū and whānau Māori.


By providing advice to Ministers and agencies on achieving better results for whānau Māori.


By developing and implementing innovative trials and investments to test policy and programme models that promote better results for Māori.

How we work

We are an agile and multi-disciplinary agency.

As a Policy Ministry we are committed to providing well-informed and strategic advice to address the needs and aspirations Māori hold: as hapū and iwi partners to the Treaty of Waitangi; as culturally distinct peoples; and as whānau members and citizens.

Through our national and regional network we are committed to facilitating effective relationships between Māori communities and stakeholders, and to assisting others to understand and respond to the needs and aspirations of iwi and Māori communities, and their whānau.

As an investment agency we are committed to smart and accountable investment to evidence new policy and programme approaches to support Māori-led development and better outcomes.Our functions, and the mix of ways in which we apply them, are critical to how we deliver the best possible support to the Māori Development and Whānau Ora portfolios and priorities, and the diverse range of issues which sit across them.

Long-Term Outcomes and Strategic Direction

Our statements of Role, Function and Approach signal our work with our Ministers to achieve a strong and focused organisation which leads the Māori Development sector, and Government’s implementation of Whānau Ora; and shares in achieving the performance and results the Government expects from all parts of the state sector in the interests of Māori and non-Māori.

The focus of our performance, therefore, is on achieving meaningful and demonstrable gains against three long-term outcomes:

He Ara Whakamua

The Crown, iwi and Māori collectives enjoy relationships that support their shared and respective duties, interests and aspirations.

Whāinga ki Mua

Māori are more secure, confident, and expert in their own language and culture.

Ōranga a Mua

Whānau Māori are pursuing and realising an improved quality of life and citizenship for their members.


These long-term outcomes are reflective of the ongoing and evolving Treaty of Waitangi-based relationships between the Crown and Māori; the importance of Māori language and culture to Māori well-being and to New Zealand’s identity as a nation; and to creating an environment within which our most vulnerable families and communities can realise improved and sustainable results and outcomes.

Our more immediate work for our Ministers, and with the state sector and Māori communities, aligns strongly with those long-term outcomes.

We intend our leadership and influencing role within the state sector to support quality partnerships and relationships between the Crown and iwi and Māori collectives; and to help the Crown partner to identify and mitigate risks which may arise to its relationships with Māori.

We intend for our lead work on Māori land, language and culture to assist more Māori to reconnect with, enjoy, and drive the further development of their physical and mātauranga cultural estates.

And we intend for our lead agency work on Whānau Ora to impact in ways which achieve connected, culturally assured whānau realising their own positive aspirations.

Executive Team - Terms of Reference

The Executive Team will focus on strategic leadership, organisational governance and organisational performance and supports the Chief Executive by:

  • setting the strategic direction and priorities for Te Puni Kōkiri;
  • ensuring Te Puni Kōkiri delivers on those strategies and goals by allocating resources, monitoring the organisation’s performance and accounting for the use of publicly funded resources;
  • ensuring Te Puni Kōkiri as a whole has the capacity and capability to meet it's objectives. This includes our mua (strategy), kaupapa (core drivers), rawa (services), tikanga (policies), whakapapa (our past), taonga (our assets) and mana (the platforms on which we stand with confidence, dignity and authority); and
  • providing advice on key matters of government and Iwi, hapū and whānau Māori-related public policy and implementation.

The Executive Team will be collectively responsible and ensure we are accountable to each other and to the Chief Executive.

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