Te Arawhiti & Māori Development

We’re committed to improving the intergenerational wellbeing of our whānau by working in closer partnerships with Māori.

We know the impact COVID-19 has had on Māori, which is why we’re committed to work together and invest in Māori-led solutions to restart and repair our communities.

Just released: read our full Māori Manifesto for the 2020 election.

Labour’s 2020 campaign policies

  • We're backing calls from New Zealanders to make Matariki a public holiday. Read more here.

Labour’s plan

Labour is already rolling out our plan to improve the intergenerational wellbeing of Māori. That’s why we are:

  • Growing Māori job opportunities through the Māori Employment Package to work in partnership with iwi and Māori to help grow opportunities in the regions
  • Boosting Whānau Ora to continue to deliver the support whānau need on the ground and in the communities who need it most
  • Support Kōhanga Reo, to ensure kaiako are paid fairly and facilities are in good condition, as part of our ongoing commitment to Māori education 

Labour’s achievements to date

During the COVID crisis

During the COVID-19 lockdown, our Māori communities pulled together to ensure whānau were looked after. These efforts were supported by our Māori Response Package to help Māori health providers support hard-to-reach and vulnerable whānau.

Whānau Ora moved swiftly and effectively, delivering over 122,000 care packages and supporting close to 160,000 whānau in response to the effects of COVID-19.

And we supported 43 iwi and Māori groups to implement their pandemic plans and responses. We also helped Māori businesses that were affected by the national pandemic crisis by providing the wage subsidy.

Before the COVID crisis

We are committed to improve the wellbeing of whānau by working in closer partnership with Māori. The long-term challenges of Māori have been ignored for too long. From unlocking the potential of whenua Māori to changing the story for rangatahi in our regions through training and employment, we are investing in the inter-generational wellbeing of whānau.

We’ve provided significant support and investment to unlock the potential of whenua Māori and support whānau aspirations around their whenua. We’ve also progressed changes to council rates to allow councils to wipe rate arrears on whenua Māori.

We’ve announced New Zealand history will be taught in all schools and kura throughout Aotearoa by 2022, and to integrate te reo Māori into early learning and schools by 2025.

We've supported over 3000 rangatahi going on to full employment through He Poutama Rangatahi.

Since we came into Government, we’ve also:

  • Expanded the Oranga Marae repair and development fund to support the physical and cultural revitalisation of marae
  • Launched Hōkai Rangi – a dedicated strategy to co-design to break the cycle of reoffending and imprisonment within our whānau
  • Improved access to healthy, affordable homes through investing in papakainga and housing repair programmes
  • Set a goal for one million New Zealanders speaking te reo Māori by 2040
  • Launched a new Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Fund
  • Invested in iwi projects through our commitment to revitalise the regions
  • Established the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti to oversee the Government’s work with Māori in a post Treaty settlement era