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Our milestones from 1992 until 2017 and beyond….


  • Te Puni Kōkiri established to replace Ministry of Māori Affairs and Iwi Transition Agency.

    Set up a new Policy Group (6 key focus areas – Health; Education; Assets Management; Labour Resource; Māori Potential; and Relationships between Crown and Iwi, Hapū and Māori), Regions Group (13 offices) and Residual Services.
  • Sir Wira Gardiner appointed as Chief Executive.

    “Two of the greatest challenges we faced as a small policy Ministry was firstly to be taken seriously and secondly to ensure our staff carried out their roles and responsibilities with utmost professionalism.” – Sir Wira Gardiner.

Sir Wira Gardiner accompanied by fellow Head Office staff; John Tamahori (Joint Policy Chair), Bob Storey (Manager, Residual Services Unit), John Paki (General Manager, Māori Trust Office), Mike Te Hiko (Corporate Services Chair) and Nori Parata (Acting Executive Director, Office of Chief Executive). Photo Credit: Introducing the staff of Te Puni Kōkiri, 1992.


  • Te Ture Whenua Māori Amendment Act (Māori Land Act) 1993.

Visitors are greeted by hosts at Waiwhetū marae during a hui on Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993. Photo credit: Hui held at Waiwhetu Marae on the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act - Photograph taken by Phil Reid. Dominion post (Newspaper) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP/1993/1784/5A-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23150808

  • Broadcasting Amendment Act 1993 established Te Māngai Pāho/Te Reo Whakapuaki Irirangi.
  • A Guide for Departments on Consultation with Iwi was published.
  • A Framework for Negotiation Toitū te whenua – outlining Government proposals for a solution to Māori reserved land issues was published.
  • The vast majority of housing loans to Māori whānau were transferred to the Housing Corporation.


  • Medium to Long Term Review of Te Puni Kōkiri.

    Cabinet agreed that Te Puni Kōkiri takes part in standing committees to consider policy – education; training; employment; health; and economic development.
  • Fiscal Responsibility Act 1994.
  • First Māori option exercise under Electoral Act 1993 conducted.


  • Fiscal Envelope

    Te Puni Kōkiri consulted Māori on the Crown’s proposal for settlement of Treaty of Waitangi claims ($1 billion over 10 years).

    121 pre-consultation workshops were held across the motu and 10 major regional hui organised.

Protestor, David Ruru, showcases his displeasure at Te Puni Kōkiri backing the fiscal envelope proposal. Photo credit: Burford, Melanie Jayne, 1970-. Dave Ruru demonstating outside Te Puni Kokiri, Wellington - Photograph taken by Melanie Burford. Dominion post (Newspaper):Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP-Ethics-Demonstrations-General-01. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22382495

  • Omangia to Oma Roa (an intersectoral group) was established to facilitate Māori aspirations for health and wellness.
  • Reach Out Toro Mai a directory of family violence service providers was published.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri focus shifted from Treaty grievances to Māori development within the Government’s Treaty Settlement programme in place.
  • Wira Gardiner tenure as Chief Executive finished on 13 October 1995. John Paki appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer


  • Ngātata Love appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
  • The Te Puni Kōkiri He Oranga Poutama project was established with nine full-time Co-ordinators to promote healthy lifestyles among Māori.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri completed significant work on the Responses to Crime Strategy, the Responses to Offending by Māori project, the Review of Māori Suicides in Prisons, and the drafting of regulations for the Domestic Violence Act.


  • Māori Reserved Land Amendment Act 1997.

    A Guide to the Māori Reserved Land Amendment Act 1997 was published.
  • Māori seats increase to six.

    Te Puni Kōkiri played a major part in the Māori Electoral Option Steering Committee – to increase the opportunity for Māori participation in the New Zealand electoral process.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri published a report on the review of the Ministry of Education (as part of the new Māori & Education function).
  • Te Puni Kōkiri with the Ministry of Education conducted 25 consultation hui to gain insight for an education strategy for Māori.
  • An evaluation of the Māori Women’s Development Fund was completed.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri contributed in resolving the occupation at Lake Waikaremoana.
  • Progress towards Closing Social & Economic Gaps Between Māori non-Māori report published by Te Puni Kōkiri.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri completed reviews on agencies including Housing; Health; Commerce; and ACC (based on audit and evaluation standards).
  • Implemented coalition agreement to establish Māori Development Commissions for Education; Health; Economic Development; and Education – to provide the Minister of Māori Development with independent advice.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri led the development of the Government’s Māori Language Strategy – Cabinet agreed the policy objectives.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri produced a directory of 230 Māori Tourism Operators to promote Māori tourism products and services available in New Zealand.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri commenced a review of the Māori Community Development Act 1962.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri published a strategic plan for Māori Tourism.
  • As part of APEC 99 Māori Involvement Strategy, Te Puni Kōkiri organised four workshops in Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua, and Auckland.
  • Titiro hāngai ka mārama – Māori Women in Focus trends report on Māori women (part of whakapakari series) was released.
  • The first focus Te Puni Kōkiri brought to the Closing the Gaps initiative was in the housing sector, and as part of the Policies for Progress package Cabinet approved a comprehensive housing package directly targeted at rural Māori in the Far North; Kaipara; Ōpōtiki; Gisborne; Wairoa; Rotorua and Whanganui.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri completed reviews of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Department of Labour (DOL).
  • Te Puni Kōkiri led a policy review of the Māori Trustee and Māori Trust Office.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri played an extensive role in the development of the regulations through participation on the Customary Fisheries Working Party.

  • 18 consultation hui on Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 were crucial to a comprehensive review of the Act.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri worked closely with the Māori Employment and Training Commission and Work and Income NZ (WINZ) to develop a Māori industry based training initiative - $6.43m in Vote WINZ focused specifically on Māori trainees.
  • Piloted the Kapa Hanga Kāinga (Group Self Build) programme – a new approach to housing directed at low-income households.
  • Tahua Kaihoatu (Māori Provider Development Fund) launched for providers delivering services to whānau support, employment and training and justice. In the first round $3.5m was allocated to 201 Māori providers.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri published Te Tūāoma – Te Reo Māori: Ngā Tapuwae Kua Takahia (the steps that have been taken) that outlines how Te Reo Māori became an endangered language.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri published Mātātupu – How to develop your Māori Language Policies and Plans.


  • Broadened the functions of Te Puni Kōkiri to include auditing the effectiveness of government services and programmes for Māori.
  • New policy framework for Te Puni Kōkiri included plans for encouraging, supporting and assisting whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori to achieve their own long-term economic and social development.
  • The Māori Business Facilitation Service led by Te Puni Kōkiri commences on 1 September 2000 – to provide advice and mentoring assistance to Māori wishing to start a business.
  • Whānau well-being – Strengthening Families Strategy released.
  • He Pūtahitanga Hōu signalled a major increase in policy development in the areas of employment and training.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri developed a Treaty of Waitangi framework to show the Treaty as a positive influence on good government, rather than a liability.
  • The Children Young Persons and Their Families Agency (CYPFA) stakeholder report released. Te Puni Kōkiri report looked at contracting processes used by CYPFA in its relationship with whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori.
  • Two booklets were published as part of the Māori Language Strategy Initiatives – Mātātupu: Māori Language Policies and Plans Guide to Assist Public Service Departments; and Mātātupu: How to develop your Māori Language Policies and Plans for agencies other than public service departments.
  • Minister of Māori Development hosted a national hui on Te Reo Māori.
  • The Inventory of Māori Language Services – Kupu Whakataki a Te Tumuaki Whakahaere was published.
  • Dr John Tamahori is appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer.


  • Leith Comer appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri compiled a comprehensive guide to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi as expressed by the courts and the Waitangi Tribunal.

The first Waitangi Tribunal Hearing of the Ngāi Tahu claim at Tuahiwi marae. Photo Credit: Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, 1987

  • Te Puni Kōkiri delivered programmes aimed at reducing inequalities and accelerating Māori development.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri advised and supported the Ministry of Education during the facilitation of Hui Taumata Mātauranga.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri was a partner in the Māori Authority Tax Review – consultation involved 22 workshops and 1000 participants.
  • Māori Purposes Bill 1999 (divided into 5 Amendment Bills) had its third reading and Act enacted.
  • Mā Te Reo ($15m Fund) was transferred from Te Puni Kōkiri to Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri published a report on Māori Language Resources, focusing on the two funding streams of the Ministry of Education designated to support Māori language learning in schools.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri contributed to the Managing for Outcomes initiative rolled-out in stages across the public service.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri produced an aggregated Annual Report to Ministers on government departments’ contributions in reducing inequalities for Māori.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri facilitated Māori involvement in the Oceans policy process at a regional and national level.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri was a significant player in the review of the Marine Reserves legislation.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri was involved in the review of the Local Government Act 1974 to ensure Treaty principles and specific Treaty mechanisms were clarified for relationships between Councils and Māori.
  • Te Ture Whenua Māori Amendment Bill was passed.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri helped establish the National Māori Organics Group, Te Waka Kai Ora.
  • The Health of the Māori Language in 2001 report was released– the catalyst for a revision of the Government’s Māori Language Strategy.
  • The Māori Television Service launched and Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori Act was passed.

A crowd of 2000 gathered in Newmarket. Auckland, to celebrate Māori Television going to air.Photo Credit: Kōkiri Paetae, issue 53, April 2004

  • The Kaitātaki-a-Rohe programme implemented as part of the Māori Development Worker Fund – to progress community based initiatives.


  • The Māori Economic Development Report – Te Ohangā Whanaketanga Māori was released. It illustrated that Māori participation in the economy is essential to the success of New Zealand’s economy.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri ran seven Treaty education workshops to promote He Tirohanga O Kawa Ki Te Tiriti O Waitangi with 200 public sector officials taking part.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri hosted the first National Governance Forum in Wellington.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri published Kei Te Ako Tonu Atu – strategies for second language learners of Te Reo Māori.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri undergoes second restructure with formal release of both the Strategic Direction and Decision Document Change Programme.
  • New organisational structure took effect from 1 July 2004 with three Deputy Secretaries appointed – Hekia Parata as Deputy Secretary Policy, Alison Thom as Deputy Secretary Relationships and Information, Craig Owen as Deputy Secretary Support Services - to join Chief Executive Leith Comer as the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri produced a Foreshore Information Pack for the Minister of Māori Development.

    Te Puni Kōkiri organised 11 consultation hui nationwide with Māori on the Foreshore and Seabed with 2500 people attended the consultation hui.186 oral and 68 written submissions were received.

Protestors of the Foreshore & Seabed legislation showcase their displeasure on their march towards Pipitea Marae, Wellington.Photo credit: Photographs taken at a 2011 foreshore and seabed protest in Wellington. Ref: PADL-000633. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/30653672

  • Te Puni Kōkiri worked on proposals to Cabinet for the Marine Resources Bill to align with Foreshore and Seabed policy.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri participated on the Mā Te Reo Governance Committee.
  • Te Korowai Aroha Aotearoa approved by Cabinet to implement Mauri Ora – reducing whānau violence.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri held and co-ordinated the annual Federation of Māori Authorities conference.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri commissions a needs analysis report undertaken by the Māori Wardens Association.


  • Hui Taumata affirmed the Strategic Outcome – Māori succeeding as Māori, with Te Puni Kōkiri implementing the approach of Realising Māori Potential.
  • Development of the Māori Potential Approach, including the Māori potential framework and all staff training.
  • $1.34m allocated to the Whānau Development Enterprise Fund, to support 19 proposals that promoted Māori business.
  • The Capacity Building programme ($6.6m) supported 513 projects to enable Māori to achieve their own development aspirations.
  • $1.7m invested in over 100 Whānau Development, Sports and Cultural Initiatives, at a national, regional and local level.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri supported 11 Māori regional tourism organisations to develop and enhance the quality of Māori tourism in the regions.


  • Cabinet approved the establishment of three new Non-Departmental Output Expenses to align Te Puni Kōkiri’s funding arrangements with the Māori Potential Approach – Whakamana, Mātauranga and Rawa to become the Māori Potential Fund, condensing down to three programmes.
  • Hui Taumata Taskforce was established and directed by Cabinet to report quarterly on its activities.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri won the prestigious Vero Excellence in Business Support Award for an initiative showcasing Māori business champions.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri promulgated the Crown Māori Relationship Instruments Guidelines to promote effective working relationships between the Crown and Māori.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri was one of three agencies leading the Crown’s response on the Indigenous Flora and Fauna claim.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri established the Kapohia ngā Rawa programme to assist communities in their accessibility to information.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri released publication, Hei Whakamārama I ngā Āhuatanga o te Tūrua Pō – Investigating Key Māori Business Characteristics for Future Measures.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri released publication, Toronga-ā-motu – Pānga-ā-rohe – National Reach – Local Touch.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri commissioned an analysis of Key Issues in Māori Health in the period 1986-2006.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri designed the National Marae Survey and piloted it through the Takitimu region.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri developed the Māori Broadcasting and E-Media policy framework and was approved by Cabinet.
  • Cabinet agreed Te Puni Kōkiri commencing a programme of action to facilitate and promote Māori land economic development.
  • State Services Commission introduced six Development Goals for the State Services – Employer of choice; Excellent State Servants, Networked State Services, Co-ordinated State Agencies, Accessible State Services and Trusted State Services.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri released publication, Ngā Kaihanga Hou - For Māori Future Makers. This publication identified key drivers to influence how Māori participated in the economy to 2030.
  • The Māori Trustee and Māori Development Amendment Bill introduced to the House and proposed to establish the Māori Trustee as a stand-alone organisation.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri released publication, Māori in Australia – Ngā Māori I Te Ao Moemoēa.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri collaboratively worked with Te Tairāwhiti to commemorate the 28th Māori Battalion.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri provided policy advice for the new Māori Education Strategy, Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success.
  • Six Regional Co-ordinators appointed to maintain contact with Māori Warden Groups operating in all regions.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri formed a partnership with Infra-Train and created 250 trade-training places for Māori.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri facilitated the development and presentation of the review of the Māori Television Service Act 2003.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri launched Māra Kai programme.

The My Backyard Garden Project at the Rotorua Youth Centre with support through the Māra Kai programme has helped whānau to provide themselves with fresh and nutritional kai and develop the skills to grow and cultivate vegetables.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri began its lead role for the implementation of the Whānau Ora Approach.

    4500 stakeholders attended over 12 regional hui to inform providers of planning.

    By year end, 10 Regional Leadership Groups had been established.

Parents, Tama and Lavinia, have received support and assistance through Whānau Ora commissioning funded provider, Te Tai Whenua o Heretaunga, Hastings.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri completed a review of the State sector’s contribution to improving literacy and numeracy for the Māori workforce.
  • Māori business leaders visited China to create and extend business relationships.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri revised their evaluation strategy and associated work programme.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri became the fourth government agency to participate in the inaugural Performance Improvement Framework assessment programme.
  • The Māori Purposes Bill 2010 was introduced to the House.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri released the publication, Rau Tau – One hundred years of the New Zealand Māori Rugby Team.


  • The 22nd of February Christchurch earthquake presented Te Puni Kōkiri with its greatest challenge.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri Whānau Ora providers and Māori Wardens joined the Rapid Response Team for the Christchurch earthquake.

Marae in and around Christchurch, on routes out of the city – and elsewhere too - played a role in helping people affected by the earthquake. Te Puni Kōkiri staff and volunteers at Rehua Marae, Christchurch, 2011. Source: Kōkiri, issue 22, Haratua 2011

  • Te Puni Kōkiri released the independent report, Te Reo Mauriora, following the review of the Māori Language Strategy.
  • A follow-up visit to China was made in the hopes of unlocking Māori-Chinese commercial partnerships.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri received positive feedback from a survey on the Post Settlement Governance Entities.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri liaised with iwi and Māori groups across the country and Rugby World Cup officials to ensure Māori culture was being showcased to in-bound visitors and worldwide audiences.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri supported 101 cadets to be employed across a range of industries through contracts with five employers.

Cadets and employees from Complete Siteworks pictured at an Auckland worksite removing rocks from a nearby gully.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri launched Whānau Social Assistance Programmes (Kaitoko Whānau and Oranga Whānau) focusing on fostering positive development with whānau whanui.


  • Leith Comer retires as Chief Executive.
  • Whānau Ora extends to 8 new localities and 34 provider collectives representing 184 providers of a wide range of social services.
  • Whānau Integration, Innovation and Employment (WIIE) Fund supported planning activities for roughly 3000 whānau (33,000 individuals).
  • Te Puni Kōkiri supported the independent Constitutional Advisory Panel charged with engaging on perspectives relating to New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri worked with lead agencies on climate change policy contributing to the Fresh Start for Fresh Water policy, Emissions Trading Scheme, Review of the Crown Minerals Act and new environmental regime.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri assisted tenants involved in the Tāmaki Transformation Programme – a Housing New Zealand Corporation initiative to locate 260 new houses in northern Glen Innes.
  • Michelle Hippolite is appointed as Chief Executive in December.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri assisted in the implementation of the Māori Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan, He Kai Kei Aku Ringa.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri released the findings of an expert review panel that looked into ways of improving Te Ture Whenua Māori Act.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri produced a new infrastructure grant fund for developing Māori land.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri announced a new model for the delivery of Whānau Ora. Three Non-Government Organisation (NGOs) commissioning agencies were established, one based in the North Island, one in the South Island and a Pacific focused agency.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri undertook a Kaitiaki Survey.
  • The 2013 Asset Sales referendum (post ballot) saw Te Puni Kōkiri assist the Treasury Office.
  • The Whānau Ora Approach effective from 1 July 2013 broadened the focus on more direct support for whānau capacity building.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri - Transforming Our Operating Model Stage One – a proposal for feedback was issued to staff.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri launched Māori Future Makers website.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri implemented stage one of its new operating model and appointment of new leadership team.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri commemorated the 150th anniversary of the New Zealand Wars (Waikato and Tauranga campaigns).
  • Te Puni Kōkiri involved in Waka Development where Māori focused on supporting the establishment of Te Wānanga a Kupe-Mai-Tawhiti.
  • Establishment of three Commissioning Agencies – Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Pasifika Futures and Te Pou Matakana, resulted from the government’s refocus of Whānau Ora.

Te Puni Kōkiri and Whānau Ora commissioning agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, proudly partners with funded initiative ‘Bros for Change’. Based on whakapapa and tikanga this programme creates real change for rangatahi.

  • Cabinet endorses the revised Māori Language Strategy.
  • New Māori Language Bill introduced to the House to update the Māori Language Act 1987.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri’s cadetship initiative continued to flourish with over 350 cadetship places.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri developed the Māori Housing Network.

    The Māori Housing Network was set up to support whānau, hapū and iwi with information, advice and practical support and financial assistance to improve and develop whānau housing.

Waipatu papakāinga residents; Mareina, Taylor and Portilin. The Aorangi Māori Trust Board received assistance through the Māori Housing Network towards their papakāinga development ki Waipatu.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri commenced development of a Treaty of Waitangi Framework to support State Sector agencies in their evolving relationships with iwi, hapū, and whānau Māori.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri worked with Minister Flavell to convene a series of regional hui, He hui whakahononga, across the country.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri established the Rangatahi Māori Suicide Prevention Fund to assist addressing issues of Māori Rangatahi suicide.


  • Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori Act 2016 is passed in the House.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri initiates process to support Te Mātāwai to become fully operational. Te Mātāwai is established to lead the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori on behalf of iwi and Māori.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri launched the Whenua Māori Fund.
  • Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill was introduced to the House.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri facilitated 45 hui and 14 wānanga across the country on the reforms and Te Ture Whenua exposure draft.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri strengthened its approach to policy and delivery (Policy-to-Pā).
  • Trade mission to Japan and Korea is set out to provide Māori businesses new opportunities in these markets.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri assisted in advancing legislative reform of the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act to alter legal and supporting infrastructure for Māori land owners.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri collaborated in the establishment and approach of Oranga Tamariki.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri helped repair 144 whare across the country with support through the Māori Housing Network.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri worked towards the establishment of the Māori Land Service – held extensive wānanga with over 1000 Māori land owners across the motu.
  • Business and cultural mission to Malaysia to build and extend business relationships and diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Malaysia.

Chairman of Miraka Ltd pictured at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Miraka and its Malaysian distribution partner, Storiiu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • Te Puni Kōkiri supported the development and implementation of four Māori Economic Development strategies as part of the Regional Growth Programme.
  • Deed of Reconciliation signed by the Crown for the Parihaka community.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri worked with the Electoral Commission to culminate the launch of a programme which was designed to increase the awareness and participation of Māori in the electoral process.

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