Who we are

Te Puni Kōkiri is the Government’s principal policy advisor on Māori wellbeing and development.

Te Puni Kōkiri was established under the Māori Development Act 1991 with responsibilities to:

  • Promote increases in the levels of achievement attained by Māori in education, training and employment, health, and economic resource development.
  • Monitor, and liaise with, each department and agency that provides or has a responsibility to provide services to or for Māori for the purpose of ensuring the adequacy of those services.

Te Puni Kōkiri has a broad reach despite being a relatively small ministry. We have over 350 staff across our Wellington head office and 17 offices over six regions.

Learn more about our role and focus.

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