The Māori Party’s role in Parliament is to be the most powerful advocates for our whānau – to carry your voice. We want a Government that understands the spirit of service enshrined in its own legislation. We want chief executives and senior leaders who will advance Māori aspirations with us and work with us to create employment, stop hunger and homelessness, ensure all our children have access to a great education and ensure all our whānau have access to quality health services. We want a Government to focus on our potential to do for ourselves.

  • We will monitor cultural competency in all agencies to ensure the quality of services, and equity of access and outcomes to bring out well-being. Chief executives will be required to report six monthly on how they are progressing positive outcomes for whānau.
    Cultural competency will be an employment standard in justice, health, education and social services.

We will call for an immediate plan from the Treasury and State Services Commission, seeking advice on:

  • A result area for whānau that is measurable and for which we can hold chief executives to account. We want to implement a devolved service approach, with minimum compliance. We want services that are visible and responsive and organised around whānau.
  • The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Treaty will be required to report annually to Parliament on the status of whānau and monitor state sector progress to improving outcomes for whānau.
  • We want advice on a co-ordinated approach for low employment locations. We want innovation driving our services not risk management. Whānau are tax-payers too – we want value for our money as well.

Kia piki te ora o te whānau

We will apply the capability approach to public policy so that whānau have adequate income to enjoy the lives they value and whānau are supported to develop their potential.

  • We will introduce a Cross-Government Accord (a ‘wellbeing framework’) to keep whānau free from all forms of violence; including physical, economic, sexual and racist including prevention of elder abuse and neglect.
  • We seek to end whānau poverty by 2020.
  • We will establish a $16 minimum wage.
  • Extend the Tax Credit for all low income families.
  • Enact an annual power rebate for low-income whānau; installation of low cost heating and insulating 10,000 low-income homes per year including rental properties.
  • Inequality impact statement to be written into all new legislation including the likely impact on our children.
  • Universal well child services to all children under 6.
  • Review of vision and hearing testing as universal tests.
  • Introduce legislation to encourage commercial banks to help meet the needs of borrowers in all sections of their communities (the Community Reinvestment Bill).

Broadcasting and Spectrum

Broadcasting is important to us. Our stories matter.

  • We will maintain the current level of funding to Te Māngai Pāho and Māori Television.
  • We require broadcasters to increase Māori content in peak times; increase programming that aims to educate our nation and all broadcasters on national broadcasting to be Māori language proficient.
  • We will develop rangatahi Māori radio programming.
  • We seek recognition that the spectrum is a taonga. We will negotiate 33% (15MHz) of 4G Spectrum (700MHz Band) and future allocations for Māori.


Business success has a key role in generating desirable social impacts in community wealth and wellbeing.

  • We will support ethical business by placing value on longer-term business thinking including shareholders.
  • Increase volume of ‘better by design’ programmes (NZTE) available for iwi and Māori to access.

Cultural Heritage

Cultural tourism strikes the balance between the economic benefits and protecting people, culture, landscapes.

  • We will establish Peace Week, from 31 October to 5 November; to honour the heroism and the peacemaking heritage established at Parihaka.
  • We will reintroduce a Private Members Bill to give official endorsement to Matariki and Puanga events.
  • We will seek sustainable funding and support for Māori cultural events, perfoming arts and tourism opportunities to showcase Māori to the world.

Digital technology

There is a digital renaissance that Māori can and should take a lead role in ensuring current and future generations have access to digital content and supporting technologies.

  • Work with computer manufacturers to assist with national rollout of Computers in Homes.
  • Review the 2008 Digital Strategy to ensure it is meeting the requirements of our digital environment including responding to those with special needs.
  • Expand employment opportunities in the information, computer and telecommunications technology sector through Ngā Pū Waea (rural and ultrafast broadband), including Māori cadetship in the digital creative sector.
  • Invest in opportunities to migrate Māori educational content into the digital environment (te reo versions of digital publications and books re-versioned in a Māori framework).
  • All citizens with access to email will have the option of receiving their mail from government departments via email. Those who opt for this, will receive a government subsidy on their internet connection bill.


We will advance the ‘Be Accessible’ initiative and the New Zealand Disability Strategy to achieve a fully inclusive society.

  • We will establish a national Māori advocacy service.
  • We will extend individualised funding; and promote the Circle of Friends to enable disabled persons to live the life they wish.
  • Establish an annual Disability Employment Summit.
  • We will investigate post-school options to ensure this first generation of children who have experienced mainstreaming can continue to succeed.
  • We will individualise the resource for Day Services so that families can plan better to meet the needs.

Economic Development

Because iwi are major contributors to the economy, and owners of large natural resources, we support their investments in geothermal and water power plants. We want to also profile their successes, and support growth with academically based training programmes.

We will produce a Māori Economic Strategy to address the drivers that underpin investment in iwi/Māori. We will grow iwi/Māori participation in the economy by looking at:

  • Growth models (Genuine Progress Index).
  • Iwi Infrastructure/ Māori Economic Consortiums.
  • Māori Investment Capital Funds/ Māori Bank.
  • Māori Trademark and Intellectual property protection.
  • Māori/Iwi Economic Sector Infrastructure.
  • Māori representation on NZ Trade and Enterprise.

We will initiate Government joint ventures with industry to buy deep sea fish processors and boats to avoid bringing in foreign contractors and achieve at least 5000 local jobs.

  • We will encourage businesses to set up public/private partnerships where small/rural communities could benefit from industry; the businesses could receive tax incentives for creating jobs in low income/high unemployment areas.


  • Ensure early childhood education as the foundation to our future is affordable, available and responsive and includes initiatives such as PAFT, HIPPY, PAUSE, PAUA, kōhanga reo and whānau led centres.
  • Initiate nationwide discussion about compulsory early childhood education.
  • Encourage schools to engage with families to improve educational outcomes for young people – by increasing community literacy programmes, such as Reading Together; and working with families to improve their skills and qualifications.
  • We place a high priority on the rollout of literacy and numeracy strategies for deciles 1-3 schools; and require that all children within the education system can read, write and count to their age.
  • We will advocate for a culturally inclusive curriculum and open up ways where iwi, hapū can have direct input into local curriculum documents.
  • Implement financial literacy as a core component of the New Zealand curriculum from year 7 and 8.
  • We will investigate pastoral care models to ensure the appropriate support of Māori students in education.
  • Guaranteed mana whenua representation on the boards of all state schools.
  • We will review priorities based on an evaluation of progress achieved under Ka Hikitia.
  • Review progress of the recommendations in the 1996 Smith report on Māori boarding schools, including reviewing the impact of scholarships.
  • Nō te hapori, mo te hapori, i te hapori: We will promote inter-generational / whānau engagement in learning and participation in work, community life and civil society.

Tāpapa Mātauranga

We will take a values and virtues approach to schooling, expecting excellence and achievement for all students. We will promote the concept of self-managing schools which focus on whānau achievement and success. We will support:

  • Roadshows to promote educational pathways in areas where Māori are under-represented – ie health science academies (Te Kura Pūtaiao Hauora) or science camps.
  • Arts and performance institutes to nurture our creative potential; or sports academies to grow our talent.
  • Initiatives to advance Māori academic leadership and scholarship excellence.
  • Diversify the current service academy model to include trade skills, culinary arts, medical, horticultural and agricultural studies.

Education – Teacher Professional Development

  • Embed nationwide implementation of Tātaiako: (cultural competence framework) by 2015.
  • We will promote a three year recruitment drive for 200 Māori to enter into the teaching profession, especially those who are competent in te reo Māori. This will involve a bonding scheme where a scholarship will be paid in return for years of service.
  • We will establish a multi-site Māori language teacher training centre and a centre for Māori educational excellence in teaching and leadership.

Education – Tertiary

To ensure that all people have the chance to pursue tertiary education, we will introduce a fee reduction policy to reduce fees to a nominal level over time.

  • We will also increase access to student allowances, by reintroducing a universal student allowance – which will be set at the level of the unemployment benefit.
  • Student loan debt repayments should only start when you start earning 1.5 times the average wage.
  • There will be a five year grace period for repayments after graduation. Student loans will remain
  • interest free.
  • We will ensure Māori course and qualification completion is a criterion for performance link funding.
  • We will advocate for increased Māori representation on tertiary governance bodies, including mana whenua and Māori student representation.
  • Section 159G of the Education Act, which guides the operation of the Tertiary Education Commission, will be amended to refer to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Employment and training

We believe we must invest in employment opportunities for all school- leavers as a strategic investment for the nation.

  • Extend Community Max; Māori trade training; cadetships and apprenticeships across growth areas.
  • We will establish work based training incentives within public sector and local government (‘job-taster’ programmes) – rotation amongst different companies.
  • We will announce a short term subsidy to business owners who create new jobs for the unemployed; take on trainees; or instigate career pathways. This will be aligned with a social marketing campaign to encourage employers to give a young person or a low-skilled person a chance of work.
  • We will establish incentives for innovative employment opportunities such as a steel-framed housing pilot; or enterprise workshops (tourism).
  • Strengthen the Careers Services to help whānau better understand NCEA and become whānau decision-makers on careers information; and establish a Whānau Recruitment and Employment Agency.
  • We will reinstate the Training Incentive Allowance to support sole parents into work.
  • We will support investment in Teen Parent Units.
  • Encourage employers to develop part-time and flexible healthy working arrangements and subsidise childcare, to support whānau to benefit from quality time with their children as a vital ingredient in whānau ora and in doing so, addressing ‘time poverty’ as a cause of stress.
  • Promote collaborative arrangements between WINZ, iwi and education providers for training opportunities.
  • Work and Income will be required to publish all benefit registers each and every month. The benefit registers will be available by age, ethnicity, gender and location with targets negotiated with the Responsible Minister. Wherever possible WINZ will contract with iwi and whānau to assist with reducing unemployment; and to provide opportunities to devolve functions for whānau cooperatives to tender for contracts.


Government must invest in energy infrastructure and increase renewables in preparation for an oil-less world. Increasing grid efficiency and reducing energy use, more efficient water pipelines, sewerage systems, wind farms, and the rail system will also generate employment and training opportunities (labouring, manufacturing).

  • Implement a renewable energy strategy to address our reliance on fossil fuels; to be developed in consultation with iwi; and which establishes a cross-party inquiry to investigate our response to the peak oil crisis.
  • We support a moratorium on off-shore drilling to enable full consultation, particularly with mana whenua, on the appropriate mechanisms to ensure any adverse economic, environmental, social and cultural risks are managed.
  • We will implement the Crown Minerals (Effective and Meaningful Engagement with Iwi, Hapū, and Whānau) Amendment Bill to ensure full consultation and negotiation with mana whenua / mana moana before any mining contracts are let.


We believe in the efficient use of water, energy conservation and the need for sustainable environmental management. We are concerned about water management; restoration of water quality; and environmentally sustainable land use that does not degrade our water systems.

  • Develop iwi environmental monitoring and evaluation on the quality of water in our rivers, lakes, seas and rural water supplies to homes and marae; and develop options for improving the water quality as a result.
  • We will ensure that iwi, as Treaty partners, are involved in the governance, management and decision-making on freshwater within their rohe.
  • Expand the mandate of the Environmental Protection Authority to include crown minerals and freshwater.
  • Transfer the role of kaitiaki back from the Department of Conservation to mana whenua.
  • Retain and resource the Enviroschools / Kura Taiao.
  • We will subsidise organisations to undertake environmental impact assessments to support businesses becoming more environmental friendly.

Foreign Affairs

  • We support immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  • We seek to bring the activity associated with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples permanently to Aotearoa.


We want our whānau to be the best that they can be and to be supported by an equitable, sustainable health system. We want to accelerate clinical and service integration; and achieve more of a focus on targets which enable public reporting.

  • Prioritise oral health including instigating an annual oral health check for low income families.
  • Continue to address the increases in diseases of poverty such as rheumatic fever and meningitis.
  • Establish youth wellbeing centres in consultation with rangatahi.
  • Bariatric surgery for at least 1000 more people each year to address obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
  • Review the Health Act to ensure implementation of rongoa Māori.
  • Investigate a co-management model for Māori statutory representatives on DHBs to increase their influence. New DHB representatives to be appointed by Minister responsible for Māori Health.
  • Establish a health workforce project for pay parity to retain Māori nurses in iwi providers.
  • Investment in development pathways for the non-regulated workforce (community health workers).
  • Refocus Māori Provider development to focus on outcomes in areas where services need to grow.
  • We will review the work conditions, pay and training opportunities for those working in the elderly, disability and home care sector.


We need to strengthen whānau capacity to identify housing solutions; improve agency capability to respond, and address homelessness, overcrowding and substandard housing.

  • Devolve state housing to Māori and Pasifika community groups for whānau to purchase their own homes, including a rent-to-own scheme.
  • Assessments for housing need of rentals undertaken by Housing NZ to be inclusive of whānau, e.g. accounting for health, social, cultural and economic wellbeing.
  • We will promote the Lifemark design as a quality standard to ensure houses are accessible, usable and easy to adapt as people’s needs change over time.
  • Direct the Social Housing Unit to respond to the Auditor General’s report into better utilisation of Māori land to support whānau initiatives into housing; including building on Māori land in multiple ownership.
  • We will better match support available including a review of Kāinga Whenua loans and Māori Demonstration Partnership funds, to assist more Māori into affordable housing on their own land.
  • Review adequacy of the accommodation supplement.
  • Encourage whānau designed housing.


To compete globally it is important that new citizens share our understanding of history.

  • All new citizens to complete a course in the history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as part of receiving citizenship.


The Māori Party will push for a review into the entire justice system. We seek to restructure the Justice system upon the basis of the Treaty of Waitangi and the foundation of partnership. A justice system that encompasses te ao Māori, tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori—principles and practices of Māori justice. We will:

  • Throw out the three-strikes legislation.
  • Extend Whare Oranga Ake to every prison service.
  • Initiate Computers in Cells to foster literacy and numeracy.
  • Support whānau-focused alcohol and drug, addiction, recovery and restoration services; including in prisons.
  • Reintroduce preferred lawyer status—legal aid.
  • Review protocols around police use of guns and tasers.
  • Develop a criminal justice strategy with emphasis on a community justice strategy and justice reinvestment.
  • Introduce legislation to ensure that assets maintained by white collar criminals are able to be used to pay outstanding debts to investors.

Disestablish the Independent Police Conduct Authority


  • It is important that the public has trust and confidence in New Zealand Police. The Independent Police Conduct Authority will be disestablished. Its functions will be transferred to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
  • Agree on fair, appropriate compensation for the women who appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into Police Misconduct so all women are empowered to call Police when they need help.

Establish an Anti-Corruption Commission

Transparency International (NZ) has observed that “The numerous agencies in government responsible for minimising corruption represent a problem…. There should be fewer, more centralised, controlling agencies.” We agree with them. It worries us that no agency has any obligation to report misconduct or serious misconduct incidents; and that we have no
reliable independent measure of corruption or inter agency co-ordination where incidents arise.

  • The Commission itself will conduct investigations, and report to Parliament annually. It is possible that the Anti-Corruption Commission may absorb investigative functions of the State Services Commission; Serious Fraud Office, Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Conduct Panel and the Parliamentary Privileges Select committee.

Local Government

Major structural change in local government is needed to successfully engage Māori and secure their full confidence, trust, faith and participation in decision-making. This includes restructuring for greater power-sharing with Māori.

  • Amend the Local Government and Resource Management Acts to require robust and accountable work practices by local government when working with mana whenua.
  • Establishing mana whenua statutory boards at local government.
  • Introduce the RMA National Policy Statement on Māori participation, including iwi/Māori management committees and treaty representation.
  • Amend Local Government Act 2002 to ensure no district, city or regional council can charge the public to take books out from their public libraries.


Over half of the Maori population (53%) is under 25 years of age; one in four is under ten years. Investing in young people is essential if we are committed to investing in our future. The Investing in Young People initiative will place a greater focus on the preferences of young New Zealanders.

  • We will establish internships, voluntary work and other vocational development including specialised programmes run jointly by employers and schools.
  • Each school-leaver will be mentored by Work Brokers, to enable them to graduate with a plan which prepares them for employment including possible career opportunities and tertiary study options.
  • We will focus on sectors with the biggest skills shortages: healthcare, infrastructure, finance and green energy, recognising that green energy developments will open up jobs that don’t exist now.
  • We will establish youth councils with statutory advisory roles in city and regional councils; and initiate a national summit for rangatahi.
  • We will investigate the establishment of rangatahi rangatira – Māori youth leadership ‘colleges’ to better inform Government policy.

Research and Development

Successfully aligning investments in science and innovation with Māori business potentially will lead to 150,000 additional jobs per year in the New Zealand economy by 2060; and an additional $12b pa in GDP from the Māori economy.

  • Establish a priority investment fund for Māori Research and,Development. We will promote collaboration between Māori entrepreneurs, scientists and innovators to improve opportunities, jobs and incomes.
  • Create and resource a real and virtual incubation hub for hapū and iwi to test the economic viability of new ideas on the local and global market and to mentor researchers.

Social Development

  • Establish a Ministry of Families inclusive of children, young people and whānau. The new Ministry will include functions from the Families Commission, the Children’s Commission; Family and Community Services, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Child, Youth and Family and the Office for Senior Citizens. The new Ministry’s focus will be on the care and protection of children and the prevention of family violence and sexual violence. We will support the delivery of frontline services to whānau to restore safety and wellbeing while still maintaining zero tolerance for violence. We will review the Domestic Violence Act 1995.

Social Hazards

Our commitment to strong, healthy families means:

  • Alcohol taxation; minimum pricing and advertising are the most powerful tools to reduce alcohol harm. We seek to reduce hazardous alcohol intake, by removing alcohol from supermarkets and dairies. No outlets will be allowed to sell alcohol within 5km of schools. There will be increased community involvement in decision-making. We support an increase in raising the age of purchase (online and offline) from 18 years to 20.
  • Enact the Gambling (gambling harm reduction) amendment bill to provide local communities with more power to determine where pokie machines may be sited, and in how the proceeds can be distributed.
  • Introduce plain packaging and advance the tobacco control strategy for Aotearoa to be smokefree by 2025.
  • Introduce an Inquiry to shut down loan sharks.

Sport and Recreation

  • Establish a National Māori Sports Federation: Te Tira Rangaranga ā Rēhia with funding to assist Māori sports achievers at a national level and support Māori sporting codes to be self-sustaining.
  • We will invest in the funding of youth co-ordinators and sports coaches to enable a wider range of afterschool activities for school aged children.
  • Support funding for Māori women’s rugby and advocacy for the Māori All Blacks for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
  • Promote water safety skills including community swimming pools, increasing accessibility.

State Services; Treasury and DPMC

  • Increase the pool of experienced Māori directors to provide better outcomes by requiring and reporting on Māori and Pacific representation on Crown Company Boards, State Owned Enterprises, Crown Entities, Crown Research Institutes and District Health Boards. TPK to provide training opportunities / governance.
  • We will increase representation of Māori women and rangatahi Māori across all state sector appointments.
  • Develop strategies to bring levels of salary for women to the same levels as their male counterparts for similar work.


The Māori Party has always advocated lowering the age of entitlement to New Zealand superannuation to 60 years for groups whose life expectancy is lower than average. A lower entitlement age will allow more equitable uptake of New Zealand superannuation for all citizens. All those who reach a certain asset threshold will be mean-tested.


  • No tax on the first $25,000 earned.
  • Incentivise small businesses to grow, by reducing unnecessary compliance.
  • All food will be exempt from GST knowing that GST hits low income people disproportionately.
  • Remove tax from prescription medicines and investigate the viability of green prescriptions.
  • Implement financial transaction tax which curbs the ability of speculators to make tax-free profits from short-term investments in our financial markets. The tax would also raise significant government revenue.


We will reduce transport disadvantage, by shifting the focus of private car use to one where public transport, walking and cycling are core. We want to rebuild neighbourhoods, focus on community safety and be connected to our environment.

  • Improving urban design and broadband, so that people are less likely to have to travel, or can walk or cycle.