The council has developed the following responses to meet its commitment to te Tiriti / the Treaty and its statutory obligations:
Whiria Te Muka Tangata – the Māori Responsiveness Framework
This was signalled in the Auckland Plan. It enhances and guides the council family’s responsiveness to Māori. One of the goals of the framework is to achieve effective Māori participation in democracy, placing emphasis on the council’s democratic structures and decision-making processes. For more information, on the Māori Responsiveness Framework, see Māori Responsiveness Framework on Auckland Council's website .
Māori impact statements in council decision-making reports
Reports for the governing body, local boards and their committees must include a Māori impact statement. This is so that decision-makers can take into account any impact on Māori in their decision-making. Māori impact statements should address:
i) whether the issue requires communication or engagement with Māori and, if so, who was involved, what they said and the result
ii) whether the issue relates to Māori wellbeing and, if so, the statement should explain the situation and the actions underway or intended and the expected outcomes
iii) whether the issue provides or has the potential to contribute to the development of Māori capacity and, if so, the statement should explain the situation and the actions underway or intended and the expected outcomes
iv) whether the matter has benefits or adverse effects for Māori
Relationship agreements with Tāmaki Makaurau iwi
These will provide iwi greater opportunity to contribute to and influence the council’s decision-making.