Treaty of Waitangi and Māori Strategy

TREATY OF WAITANGI

We want to work with Māori in a way that is consistent with the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi of partnership, protection and participation.

We acknowledge the partnership, protection and participation inherent in the Treaty.  New Zealand was founded on the basis of bicultural partnerships.  The Foundation aims to work together with Māori to ensure a true partnership exists, sharing our skills and supporting one another.

The Foundation will act in accordance with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. 

The Foundation will ensure Māori iwi, hapu, whanau ad kaupapa Maori organisations:

  •        are aware of their right to make application to The Foundation within the appropriate sector including projects relating to the advancement of Māori Te Reo and culture Tikanga;
  •        are provided with relevant advice in the preparation of an application;
  •        receive an equitable share of The Foundation’s funds.

 The Foundation will arrange, from time to time, to hold one of its formal meetings on a Marae.

 Rātā Foundation Māori Strategy

 Whakatauki

‘Mā te whakātu, ka mohio, mā te mohio ka marama, mā te marama ka matau, mā te matau ka ora’.
‘With discussion comes knowledge, with knowledge comes light and understanding, with light and
understanding comes wisdom, with wisdom comes wellness’.

The Rātā Foundation Board, through its Māori Committee, has started the journey to develop a Māori Strategy.  We expect this strategy will guide the Foundation in how we work and support Māori communities, their whanau, hapu and iwi.

We want to develop a Māori Strategy to guide us to understand:

  • How can we can work with and support Māori to enable future generations of tamariki and
    mokopuna to thrive.
  • Understand what the issues/concerns are for Māori but more importantly, what are their
    aspirations and how can we support them.

In 2016, our Kaumātua and our Māori and Pasifika Engagement Advisor were appointed to support the early stages of relationship building and engagement. This will build our understanding of what is important to Māori and shape our priorities for our funding.  The partnership between Rātā Foundation and Māori will evolve and grow as we continue to engage with Iwi in our regions.