Feedback invited on Crown/Māori Relations Portfolio

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The Government is holding hui across the country for the public to give feedback on the new Crown/Māori relations portfolio.

The Crown/Māori Relations Portfolio was launched when the new Government came into office. The portfolio is focused on allowing the Crown and Māori to work together better on matters of mutual interest.

The Crown/Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis is consulting with the wider public about the future work of the new portfolio. The government is seeking feedback about the direction and priorities of this portfolio. Hui are being held through April and May around the country for the public to give feedback.

Find a complete list of hui on the Ministry of Justice website.

You can provide feedback through an online survey or by post. The deadline for feedback is 30 May 2018.

Minister Davis said:

“With the Treaty Settlement process drawing to a close the time is right to look beyond the negotiating table and rejuvenate the relationship between the Crown and Māori. Too often in the past the Crown has told Māori what their relationship will be. That’s not a mistake this Government will make,” Mr Davis says.

“Before finalising the scope and priorities of the Crown/Māori portfolio - exactly how the portfolio is going to foster a healthier relationship between the Crown and Māori – I want to listen widely, and hear ideas from across New Zealand. I have begun to meet with Māori and non-Māori national organisations but also want to talk to groups and people around the country - including rūnanga, hapū, and rangatahi – about what the relationship should look like. Everyone is welcome at our hui.”

For more information, see the Cabinet Paper: Initial scope of Crown/Māori Relations portfolio.

Update: The Government is still reviewing feedback from the hui. However, notes from focus groups and the public hui have been published. The Government also published some initial ideas about the new approach

Update: Media has repoted that Cabinet has creation of a new Office for Crown Maori Partnership. See the Government press release for more information.

Update: Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis has announced the launch of the Office for Māori Crown Relations in December 2018.

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