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Welcome to the Office for Māori Crown Relations - Te Arawhiti

In 2018 Cabinet agreed to establish an agency to oversee the Government’s work with Māori in a post Treaty settlement era. The Office for Māori Crown Relations - Te Arawhiti (Te Arawhiti) will help facilitate this. Te Arawhiti brings together several government rōpū, including the Māori Crown Relations Rōpū, the Treaty Settlements Rōpū, the Takutai Moana Rōpū and the Settlement Commitments Rōpū.


The key purpose of the office is to support the Crown to act fairly as a Treaty partner.

The key responsibilities of the office are:

  • Completing Treaty Settlements (under the leadership of the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations);
  • Administering the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (under the leadership of the Minister responsible for applications under the Act);
  • Ensuring the Crown meets its Treaty settlement commitments;
  • Developing engagement, co-design and partnering principles that ensure agencies generate optimal solutions across social, environmental, cultural and economic development;
  • Ensuring public sector capability is strengthened;
  • Ensuring the engagement of public sector agencies with Māori is meaningful;
  • Providing an independent cross Government view on the health of the Māori Crown relationship;
  • Providing strategic leadership and advice on contemporary Treaty issues;
  • Brokering solutions to challenging relationship issues with Māori;
  • Coordinating significant Crown/Māori events on behalf of the Crown;
  • Providing strategic advice to the Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti on the risks and opportunities in Māori Crown partnerships and
  • Any other matter for which the Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti has a portfolio interest, such as work on the constitutional and institutional arrangements supporting Crown/Māori.