Iwi & Maori

Since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed there have been more than 2,000 Treaty claims, with resulting settlements totalling more than $1 billion. Iwi today are important economic and social players with significant commercial and social interests. They often work with central and local government agencies in the co-governance of rivers, lakes and other natural resources and in providing social and economic development strategies and services.

MartinJenkins’ everyday work increasingly includes designing policy that both supports Māori to achieve equity in key areas and also respects Māori cultural priorities. We have helped public-sector agencies and NGOs work through policy development with and alongside Māori.

We ensure that a Māori lens is applied to project design and analysis, and we include Māori aspirations and definitions of success in assessing initiatives that focus on improving outcomes for Māori. We also use inclusive and appropriate research techniques – such as using Māori interviewers, talking to the right people, and following relevant protocols (mihimihi, karakia, and providing kai, for example).

Our expertise

  • Designing, negotiating and supporting arrangements for leadership and governance

  • Developing strategies and plans in support of outcomes and objectives for iwi and Māori

  • Research in support of policies and strategies that are of importance to iwi and Māori

  • Support for the development and implementation of economic and social development strategies and plans for iwi and Māori

  • Reviews and audits of services and organisations

  • Evaluating programmes and strategies that are important to iwi and Māori.

Our clients

  • Central government departments

  • Iwi

  • Māori corporations

  • Local councils

  • Private corporations.

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