Te Ao Hurihuri Strategy – Ministry for the Environment

Ministry for the Environment

Read how the Ministry for the Environment (MFE) created a strategy to enable a Māori–Crown relations capable workforce and work programme to bring Te Tiriti and te ao Māori into their daily work.

Problem

Te Manatū Mō Te Taiao understands that Māori, as Treaty partners and tangata whenua, play an important role in addressing our urgent environmental issues. MFE needed to improve their partnership with Māori and iwi to deliver the planning and environmental management system. A healthy partnership with Māori will enable a flourishing environment for all. For transformational gains in capability and capacity building, there needs to be an organised approach where all staff are on the journey and there are clear leadership expectations.

Solution

MFE implemented the Te Ao Hurihuri Strategy and programme to lift Ministry capability and bring Te Tiriti and te ao Māori into everyday work, so that people are confident, competent and effective in working with Treaty partners. This takes the form of a Māori kaupapa framework to guide business and engagement practices to enable healthy, successful relationships with Māori.

Observations and lessons learnt

Honouring Te Tiriti

ADAPTING A HEALTH FRAMEWORK INTO MĀORI-CROWN RELATIONSHIP STRATEGY

The team looked to an existing holistic Māori model. The framework is developed by Joyce-Anne Raihania, and is an adaptation (with permission) of the Pae Ora – Healthier Futures Model, by esteemed leader Tā Mason Durie.

Autonomy

ENABLING MĀORI LEADERSHIP TO CHAMPION THE STRATEGY

This strategy gives Māori within the organisation kaitiakitanga over this space. The strategy was designed by Te Ōhu Māori within the organisation. One of the paddles is Kaitiaki Ora, which is about strengthening leadership opportunities for Māori staff at Te Manatū Mō Te Taiao.

Internal communication

WHĀINGA AMORANGI, PUBLIC SECTOR LEADERSHIP

Te Arawhiti, Te Kawa Mataaho and Te Puni Kōkiri launched the first stage of Whāinga Amorangi, where public sector CEs, executive leadership and the Ministry are committed to building their capability and being a Māori–Crown relations capable workforce.

KAUPAPA MĀORI CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

The strategy reflects a kaupapa Māori framework and uses the analogy of a waka and its paddles. Each paddle represents an ‘ora’ – a measure of wellbeing or health. These drive MFE to transform in a creative and coordinated way.

2019

MAR - JUN 2019

Te Ōhu Māori

Chief Māori Advisor establishes Te Ōhu Māori – the Māori Secretariat.

LATE 2019

Te Ao Māori activities

Te Ao Māori activities include the first Te Rōpu Māori wānanga, Kōrero Taiao speaker series, Te Tiriti workshops, and anti-racism and discrimination forums.

2020

JUL 2020

Te Ao Hurihuri Strategy

Te Ao Hurihuri Strategy launched.

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