Te Tiriti o Waitangi
One of the purposes of the Board is to measure and evaluate progress or change in Māori wellbeing over time. A critical part of that measurement and evaluation process is to help ensure Auckland Council and Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) meet their Treaty of Waitangi obligations.
Every three years the Board conducts a Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit to assess the Auckland Council group’s performance in acting in accordance with statutory references to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and statutory responsibilities to Maori in Tamaki Makaurau.
The audit process enables the Board to provide guidance on what is required of council and council organisations and how to achieve those requirements.
The Board undertook the first Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit in 2011, with assistance from PwC. The First Audit Report was published in 2012 (view PDF).
The second Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit was carried out in 2014/15 (view PDF). The scope of that Audit covered progress and key initiatives put in place by the Auckland Council in response to the first Audit, as well as council response to new and amended statutes. Recommendations from this second Audit were designed to shape and drive further action in accordance with council’s statutory responsibilities.
The third Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit was undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the Board (IMSB) in early 2018 and completed mid-year (view PDF). The third Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit assesses the Auckland Council group's performance in acting in accordance with statutory references to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its statutory responsibilities to Maori in Tamaki Makaurau. The 2018 Audit also follows-up on previous audit recommendations and seeks to identify opportunities for improvement.
The fourth He Waka Kōtuia - Te Tiriti o Waitangi was undertaken by PricewaterhourCoopers (PwC) for the Board in early 2021 (view PDF) sought to assess how the Council group’s practices achieve Treaty relationship objectives, the effectiveness of its policies and processes, as they have been implemented, in delivering the desired outcomes for Māori.
In addition to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit, in 2017 the Board commissioned PwC to assess the effectiveness of Auckland Council systems for planning and expenditure on projects earmarked to improve Māori outcomes in the last two financial years (view the audit, PDF format). This followed a similar effectiveness assessment carried out by KPMG in 2014 (view PDF).