Māori Crown agency to be established

An announcement yesterday from Kelvin Davis, Minister of Crown/Māori Relations:

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis today.

“The agency, to be called the Office for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti, will help facilitate the next step in the Treaty relationship – moving beyond the settlement of Treaty grievances into what it means to work together in partnerships,” Kelvin Davis said.

“The name reflects feedback from the hui that Māori should appear first in the relationship. Te Arawhiti, refers to the transition phase we are in, that is ‘the bridge’ between Māori and the Crown.

“Several other Government units and offices will be consolidated into the agency, including the Crown/Māori Relations Unit, the Office of Treaty Settlements, the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Team and the Settlement Commitments Unit. The consolidation will bring a sharper focus and efficiency to the Government’s work with Māori.”

In addition to finishing Treaty Settlements and Marine and Coastal Area applications, the new agency, based on the new scope of the Māori Crown portfolio, will provide strategic leadership across the public sector to:

  • ensure the Crown meets its Treaty obligations;
  • develop a new engagement model and guidelines for the Government and public sector;
  • co-design partnerships, principles and frameworks to ensure that agencies generate the best solutions to issues affecting Māori;
  • ensure public sector capability is strengthened across the board;
  • provide a cross Government view on the health of the Māori Crown partnerships;
  • provide strategic leadership on contemporary Treaty issues;
  • other matters including the constitutional and institutional arrangements supporting partnerships between the Crown and Māori: and
  • continue to take the lead in organising significant Māori and Crown events, ie Waitangi Day.

“While there are still some Treaty grievances to settle, I heard from many Māori how they want to engage with the Crown on a range of issues that look to the future.

“Together, Māori and the Crown want this portfolio to be about aspiration, and looking forward, in the post-settlement era,” Kelvin Davis said


  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 19, 2018

    It’s only fair that Labour should have a pork barrel if Winston got two.

  2. David

     /  September 19, 2018

    I will trade you this one for te puni kokiri or will it go tribal..when two sides go to war.
    More symbolism from this do nothing government.

    • PartisanZ

       /  September 19, 2018

      Oh yes, the very last thing we want Maori parliamentarians doing, or Maori for that matter, is ‘TRADING’ things … which is entirely unknown in the Pakeha world …

      And Alan, Pork Barrel politics is one of the two remaining legitimized forms of politics, the other being Corporate-Political dictatorship … [which usually results in a Pork Barrel for voters anyhow in order to sell any resulting ‘policy’ to the public] …

      So, for instance, as a citizen and resident of Te Tai Tokerau, I’m happy to trade a realistic $3 billion PGF barrels for $20 billion barrels of totally ‘la la land’ 4 lane RoNS …

      Te Arawhiti seems like an imminently sensible idea to me, looking forward to the post-settlement era and the creation, among other things, of a codified Constitution Aotearoa New Zealand, firmly based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi & English Law, with a much strengthened Bill of Rights including social and economic rights, and incorporating rights for the environment …

      Given ‘The Right Brigade’s’ resistance to a written Constitution, encountered by both CAP and Palmer & Butler, this precursor move by Labour-led is both a practical and cunning way to go …

      They’ve even got you guys thinking they’re dumb … *SMIRK* …

  3. Corky

     /  September 19, 2018

    When you see Titewhai Harawira sittting around the table in parliament you know this government is stuffed. Christopher Finlayson has every right to be concerned.

  4. Pickled Possum

     /  September 19, 2018

    “ensure the Crown meets its Treaty obligations”

    Sounds fair and right …so far

    “Together, Māori and the Crown want this portfolio to be about aspiration, and looking forward, in the post-settlement era,” Kelvin Davis said.

    Yes!!!! Moving forward. No one wants to stay in the past forever isn’t that right?
    at least that’s what I keep hearing.

    Lessons to be learnt from SA; where the move of different tribes to
    where there is food and money is,
    this is causing whites to migrate to a safer country,
    like NZ.
    Sort out Maori and English with realistic choices
    before there have no choices to choose from.
    Otherwise we will have a bridge … to Nowhere.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 19, 2018

      Corruption, nepotism and consequential poverty and uncontrolled crime and violence are the issues in SA, arguably caused and fed by tribal politics and voting.

      • PartisanZ

         /  September 19, 2018

        … Nothing much has changed in South Africa then since the days of Apartheid then huh?

        Orh, maybe things were better “controlled” back then … using vicious, state sanctioned ‘controlled violence’ and crimes against humanity?

        Maybe things were less corrupt because the corruption and nepotism was White rather than Black?

        But the White politics wasn’t “tribal” … Oh no! The Boers aren’t a ‘tribe’ …

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  September 19, 2018

          SA was and is a mix of many races and tribes. But tribal voting for and within the ANC allowed Zuma to destroy the economy and corrupt all the institutions of state so that they simply don’t function any more. That the rest of Africa still sees SA as a nirvana is a tribute to that legacy which you despise.

          • PartisanZ

             /  September 19, 2018

            Let thirsty Black fools rush to the poisoned well …

            But do we let overfed White bigots come here and risk poisoning ours …

            … more than we Kiwi White bigots have already poisoned it ourselves?

            You can pay tribute to Apartheid if you want Alan …. Not me …

            • Gezza

               /  September 19, 2018

              The problem, or the disappointment in my case, with SA is that there was an assumption & genuinely held belief that Black South Africans & the Whites, who relinquished control I think at least in part in the genuine hope of a new beginning & of an effective black majority government & its got as corrupt as so many other black African countries already. Now the retribution Mandela – so admired, & righly so – worked so hard to prevent seems to be beginning & will bring little of value to a dysfunctional country where violent crime is now rampant.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 19, 2018

              Also if you think HDPA is bigoted for saying PI Govts are corrupt then most PIs would agree with her. So you are spouting crap about places you know nothing about, PZ.

            • sorethumb

               /  September 20, 2018

              But do we let overfed White bigots come here and risk poisoning ours …

              … more than we Kiwi White bigots have already poisoned it ourselves?
              Justify “overfed White bigots”
              ” we Kiwi White bigots”

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