Māori Value Reports Key to a Better Auckland Future for All

10 March 2020

Incorporating Māori cultural values and aspirations into all aspects of Council decision-making and planning for the future development of Tāmaki Makaurau has positive benefits for all Aucklanders, the Chairman of the Independent Māori Statutory Board, David Taipari, says.

 “The Board believes it is essential for Council to embrace and adopt Māori cultural, social, environmental and economic values when it designs and implements policy and charts the future direction of the region. The Māori Value Reports promote the idea that a Māori worldview can positively contribute to Council policies and plans in a way that is meaningful and affirming of Māori interests and in doing so, provides benefits to everyone,” Mr Taipari says.

 The Māori Value Reports were launched on-line today by the Board. They illustrate how key indicators and data collection consider Māori cultural values and aspirations to build a positive strength-based approach to data and reporting on Māori wellbeing, substituting traditonal deficit statistical reporting methods which tend to show Māori wellbeing in a poor light.

 “This innovative approach to integrating Māori values with outcome reporting is leading edge. It can become a national and international example of how the selection of indicators and data collection can consider Māori cultural values and aspirations to build a strength-based approach to data and reporting on Māori wellbeing.”

 “In a nutshell, if Māori in this region thrive socially, culturally, economically, and with improved cultural, educational, career and health outcomes then that will be advantageous to the growth of Auckland.”

Mr Taipari says the internationally acclaimed expert on Māori data and indigenous population research, Professor Tahu Kukutai, from Waikato University, was commissioned by the Board to peer review the Value Reports.

“As a world-renowned expert in her field, Professor Kukutai fully supports and endorses the Board’s advocacy of the Māori Value Reports as tools to assist local and central government in formulating better wellbeing outcomes for Māori in this region which will likely have a ripple effect throughout Aotearoa.”

The Value Reports can assist with partnership development between Māori and Auckland Council and be a demonstration of leadership regarding equality and the implementation of Treaty of Waitangi principles.

“The Value Reports can be indispensable in supporting a range of core Council activities and business, including political decision-making, policy formulation, the development of long-term city and local board planning and for data collection and indicator development by relevant Council Group project teams.”

Mr Taipari says the Value Reports will also be distributed to Council-owned organisations (CCOs) that include Auckland Transport, ATEED, Regional Facilities, Panuku and Watercare.

“The focus will be on improving data collection across Council and businesses with a majority Council shareholding with the development of measures based on a Māori Worldview to provide quality data to improve policy advice, reporting to committees and informing decision-making,” Mr Taipari says.

 “The Board holds great faith in the usefulness of the Value Reports and what they can achieve for us all over time. Our sincere hope is that others who are influential in the future prosperity of Auckland share our optimism,” Mr Taipari says.