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Where to from here

This chapter considers what we might do as a result of learning more about how government agencies are engaging with Māori, and the nature of the Māori entities and organisations they are engaging with.

Crown–Māori engagement varied

Our interviews revealed the variability in Crown—Māori engagement and the vast spectrum of Māori entities that are being engaged with.

We need to acknowledge this variability and the significant implications it has for us and the type of Māori statistical information we, and other agencies, collect.

Statistical iwi classification not meeting needs

It is clear that the current iwi classification does not reflect either the varied engagement that is occurring across the Crown or the different Māori entities that being engaged with.

The current iwi classification is not meeting all the statistical information needs that are flowing from the engagement that many government agencies are undertaking. Furthermore, the information that is compiled through the iwi classification is unlikely to be able to meet the specific and detailed needs of many government agencies.

As a result, we need to ensure the current review of the iwi classification investigates options for addressing the misalignment between the current iwi classification and:

  • the varied engagement that is occurring across the Crown
  • the multiplicity of Māori entities that are being engaging with
  • emerging statistical information needs.

We could also examine the system for collecting statistical information about Māori and for Māori as this is likely to require some updating to ensure it reflects the current and emerging needs of the Crown and Māori. 

Perspectives from Māori entities

Our report only provides the government agencies’ perspective of Crown–Māori engagement and statistical information requirements.

To better understand the other side to this story, we could carry out similar research to gather information and perspectives from a range of Māori entities. This would enable us to get an up-to-date understanding of Māori perspectives on the trends they’re seeing around the Crown–Māori engagement, and how this might shape Māori statistical information needs. 

Links with Crown–Māori initiatives

As part of our review of the iwi classification, we need to be aware of the various initiatives underway that focus on improving alignment and coordination of Crown–Māori engagement – both within individual agencies and across multiple agencies.

It is important that we develop and maintain links with such initiatives to keep informed of developments around Crown–Māori engagement. This will be relevant to the review of the as well as being of interest and relevant to the other areas of work around Māori statistics. 

Raise our profile

We can always do more to raise our profile, and promote greater awareness of the organisation, the information we hold about Māori and for Māori, and the capability and services we can provide – both for government agencies, and for Māori stakeholders.

We can look for opportunities to work more closely across government and provide a strong leadership role in understanding and supporting the information needs of the Crown and its Māori stakeholders. 

Build Māori capability

We could play more of a role in helping build Māori capability around better understanding and use of statistical information. This was identified as a common issue for agencies and many of them are already looking at how they can share their resources and expertise to alleviate this issue.

There is an opportunity for Statistics NZ to play a key role in both collecting relevant statistical information for Māori, and assisting Māori to understand and use this information.

We could investigate how to help build Māori capability to better understand and use statistical information, particularly the information we hold. 

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