New way of working with Māori data
12 May 2016
The Independent Māori Statutory Board has spearheaded a new way of working with Māori data through their data strategy. The strategy takes a practical approach to data collection and research opportunities.
Collaboration with key partners such as Statistics New Zealand and Auckland Council’s research unit, enables access to quality data, relevant to Māori outcomes in Tāmaki Makaurau, for analysis and sharing.
Ultimately this provides high quality, cost-effective and suitable data to inform priorities and policy. A new expert panel has been formed to guide the direction of the data collection and reporting for the Board who in turn advocate to the Auckland Council group on issues that affect Māori. The panel of eight is headed by respected Māori development champion Professor Sir Mason Durie.
The members reflect a variety of viewpoints and are all expert in many areas within the wider Māori research and data community.
The panel will focus on strategies to collect, analyse and interpret high-quality data that informs the monitoring and measuring of Māori cultural, social, economic and environmental outcomes. This allows for insights to understand and front-foot issues which are important to Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau.
The first meeting of the panel was held during March in Tāmaki Makaurau. Principal member, Professor Sir Mason Durie says “the panel will advise the best way of capturing the voice of Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau allowing the formulation of fit-for-purpose data to assist in the prioritising, advice and advocacy of the Board.”
In 2012, the Board produced the Māori Plan for Tāmaki Makaurau, a long-term, action-based plan derived from the aspirations of Auckland Māori. The plan provides a framework for monitoring outcomes and measuring changes to Māori wellbeing in the outcomes areas. One of the results of the data strategy will be the ‘The Māori Report’.
The report will measure progress on the Māori Plan for Tāmaki Makaurau by reporting on headline indicators within the Plan.