What we do
We act to ensure Auckland Council takes the view of Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau (the Auckland region) into account when making decisions.
The board works to improve Māori wellbeing and development for the benefit of all New Zealanders, particularly everyone who lives in, or visits Tāmaki Makaurau.
Mission & Purpose
Under the legislation our function is to help council make decisions, perform functions and exercise power.
We achieve this by:
- promoting economic, environmental, cultural and social issues of significance to Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau
- ensuring council complies with statutory provisions referring to the Treaty of Waitangi
How we carry out our work
The board works widely and collaboratively to advance Māori interests. We partner with council and Māori to influence council thinking and decisions.
However, the board should not be considered a substitute for direct engagement and consultation with Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Our main work programmes currently include:
- Schedule of Issues of Significance a list identifying the key issues to Māori which helps guide and prioritise our work
- The Māori Plan for Tāmaki Makaurau a 30 year blueprint for improving Māori wellbeing and development
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit an assessment of council’s performance to help it understand its state of compliance to improve Māori outcomes
Approach to our work
- Māori engagement – talking with Mana Whenua and Mataawaka, face-to-face, to identify concerns, opportunities and to seek feedback.
- Advocacy – ongoing advocacy at every opportunity to embed Māori values and perspectives within council thinking, planning, policy and design processes.
- Evaluation – assessing council’s Māori responsiveness and compliance with statutory obligations.
While results may identify shortfalls they also present important opportunities to make improvements, foster strong relationships and move forward.
The Independent Māori Statutory Board was established in 2010 and is based in Auckland.
During the 2009 ‘super city’ governance reforms of Auckland the government considered options for Māori representation.
A board to promote important issues of Māori in Auckland with the newly formed Auckland Council was approved.
The Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 established the Independent Māori Statutory Board.
The board has nine (9) members and is an independent body corporate with specific responsibilities and powers.