Introduction

The Independent Māori Statutory Board is pleased to present the Māori Value reports. The reports make up a platform for the Board’s work to support Māori wellbeing outcomes, as set out in the Schedule of Issues of Significance and Māori Plan (2017)

The five value reports each represent a Māori value: Rangatiratanga, Manaakitanga, Kaitiakitanga, Whanaungatanga, Wairuatanga. They measure Māori wellbeing in line with Māori experience and from a strengths-based view.  

Understanding Māori wellbeing is important for informing policy direction and for monitoring the impact of policy interventions on Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa. The Māori Value Reports are innovative and pioneering in how they promote Māori values as concepts for guiding development of measures of Māori wellbeing that are relevant to Māori.

The five Māori values carrying the Māori Value reports also underpin the Board’s main instrument, The Māori Plan (2017). This plan builds on 20 outcome areas that Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau have emphasised as central to their wellbeing.

The Māori Plan and the Māori Value reports promote the idea that Māori worldviews should contribute to policies and plans that affect Māori, and do so in a way that is meaningful and affirming of Māori interests.

However, measuring and monitoring wellbeing from a Te Ao Māori view requires data collection methods and measurements that are fit for purpose. When producing the Value reports, the Board identified several data challenges at local and central government level. These challenges are addressed in the Data Issues of Significance report.

The five values in the Māori Value reports are:

  • Whanaungatanga – relationships
  • Rangatiratanga – autonomy and leadership
  • Manaakitanga – to protect and look after
  • Wairuatanga – spirituality and identity
  • Kaitiakitanga – guardianship

Who are the Māori Value Reports for?

 The Māori Value Reports are designed to assist in prioritising and promoting issues of significance for Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau and can be used by:

  •  Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau and across Aotearoa, to understand and express wellbeing using concepts from Te Ao Māori.
  • Decision-makers that affect Māori in living in Tāmaki Makaurau, for example councillors, planners, and policy advisors that deliver programmes and initiatives for Māori.
  • Researchers and agencies for whom the reports can be used to take stock of our collective knowledge on Māori wellbeing, to guide the development of research programmes and address data gaps.