Reassessment of Council's responsbilities to Māori
Released May 2015
2015 Executive Summary
The Finance and Performance Committee received the second Te Tiriti o Waitangi audit report at their meeting on 21st May 2015.
In 2012, the Independent Māori Statutory Board initiated the Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit programme to support its role in ensuring Auckland Council, Local Boards and Council-controlled organisations act in accordance with statutory provisions referring to the Treaty of Waitangi. The audit is carried out every three years.
The first audit report released in March 2012 set a baseline, allowing a work programme to be developed to effect real change within local government in Tāmaki Makaurau.
The second audit, delivered again by global service providers PricewaterhouseCoopers, shows where progress (if any) has been made and reassesses the Council group against high priority legislative requirements relating to Māori.
In contrast to the first audit, there is:
- good awareness of legislative obligations to Māori, Treaty principles and the audit, its purpose and importance.
- executive and senior level interest and support in securing a clear and readily implementable work programme, that dovetail into existing projects and initiatives without delays.
- a number of instances where good practice is occuring.
However, progress to date has been slow with only a few of the 42 audit recommendations completed. Board Chairman David Taipari says, the Board is very concerned about this and will work with council to understand what will be done to rectify this and we will continue to monitor and provide advice accordingly."
2012 Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit
Assessment of Council’s responsibilities to Māori
Released March 2012
When the Independent Māori Statutory Board chairman presented Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit detailed report of the Auckland Council to Mayor Len Brown, it was the culmination of an important piece of work that began in mid-2011.
The audit focused on a best practice approach and was initiated by the Board to support its role in ensuring the council acts in accordance with its statutory obligations relating to Māori.
“We have a statutory requirement to advance the interests of Māori and the audit is one of the Board’s major work programmes through its first term. The release of the findings marks an important milestone for us,” says Mr Taipari.
The audit was divided into two phases.