The organisational structure of Te Puni Kōkiri consists of the Chief Executive's Office and four puni.

Chief Executive's Office

The Chief Executive’s office supports the Chief Executive and the Executive Team, and is responsible for the overall cultural competency and well-being of the organisation.

The Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri is Dave Samuels.

The Office of the Chief Executive Chief of Staff is Steven Sutton.

Policy Partnerships

Policy Partnerships works with Government agencies and Te Puni Kōkiri stakeholders, to develop and advise on policy issues and solutions for Māori wellbeing and development.

Working together with the other puni, Policy Partnerships leads, influences and support policy thinking at multiple levels – from system-level strategic policy and frameworks, to specific, bounded policy initiatives and proposals.  

The Deputy Chief Executive, Policy Partnerships is Geoff Short.

Strategy, Governance & Public Sector Performance

The Strategy, Governance & Public Sector Performance Te Puni provides strategic direction, and monitors organisational performance internally and externally. The puni also provides governance support, strategy, planning and performance advice, public sector effectiveness monitoring and statutory entity monitoring including nominations and appointments.

The Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy, Governance and Public Sector Performance is Hamiora Bowkett.

Regional Partnerships and Operations

Regional Partnerships and Operations manage and advise on investment priorities and performance and support engagement with, and delivery of services to iwi, hapū and whānau. 

Programmes and operations managed by this puni include: Whenua, Māori wardens, Whānau Ora, Paiheretia, Marae Ora and Māori Enterprise.

Te Puni Kōkiri has a network of offices across six regions. These offices provide regional strategy advice and implementation; iwi, hapū and whānau engagement; brokering and facilitation services; funding support and delivery; investment portfolio advice and planning; and, fund management and administration.

The Deputy Chief Executive of the Regional Partnerships and Operations is Paula Rawiri.

Organisational Support

Organisational Support develops and manages the core capabilities of Te Puni Kōkiri. The puni provides corporate services and supports the Ministry’s corporate assurance and accountability functions, including:

  • Communications
  • Finance
  • Human Resources and Capability
  • Information Services
  • Legal Services
  • Ministerial and Business Support
  • Programme Support
  • Risk and Assurance
  • Strategy and Planning

The Deputy Chief Executive, Organisational Support is Fiona McBeath.

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