Achieving and measuring success

The actions in the Action Plan are split into immediate actions, medium-term actions and long-term actions.

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  • Immediate actions. There are 11 immediate actions. These actions will create the foundations for government agencies to start longer-term work that has an impact in the future. Immediate actions will be carried out over the next two years.
  • Medium-term actions. There are 14 medium-term actions that the Government will carry out over two to five years. These actions are in areas that agencies recognise need more work, to generate positive change for Māori.
  • Long-term actions. There are 7 long-term actions. These actions need more research and consideration, which agencies will carry out over the next five or more years.

Achieving success by working together

The Action Plan will be successful when iwi, hapū and Māori can use the EET system to achieve their aspirations. This requires the system to be consistent with Te Tiriti principles.

It is important that Māori and government agencies work in partnership. The Government needs to continue working with whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori organisations; employers; and other community groups. Mostly, these will be local relationships that are managed by regional government staff, such as work brokers and case managers.

We all have roles to perform.

  • Kaimahi Māori and whānau have a role to seize education, upskilling and employment opportunities, and make informed decisions about their careers.
  • Government’s role is to fund and purchase services as well as ensure EET systems and services work well together, and that people can easily access and use them. The Government must be a good Te Tiriti partner that supports rangatiratanga and equity for Māori rather than perpetuates cycles of disadvantage. Regional and frontline staff will continue to build relationships with communities, work with service providers and employers, treat people with dignity and provide manaakitanga.
  • Iwi, hapū and Māori organisations will deliver services and connect Māori with relevant government services and systems. As Te Tiriti partners with the Government, iwi can promote positive employment outcomes. They can advise the Government on policies and services that will give effect to Māori aspirations. Iwi, hapū and Māori organisations are also employers and leaders in the future of work.
  • Industry, firms, employers, Māori businesses and industry training organisations have roles to develop industry workplace training, upskill existing staff and provide workplaces that are inclusive of Māori culture, which will benefit employers and employees.
  • Kaiako, case managers and work brokers have roles to provide culturally sensitive and quality support to Māori, so they are equipped with the right tools and knowledge to achieve their aspirations.

Implementing actions together

The Government will continue working alongside Māori (this includes iwi, hapū, whānau, Māori businesses and other Māori entities) and building existing relationships to implement the actions in the Action Plan. This approach will promote partnership and help achieve the Action Plan’s long-term outcomes.

Government agencies will continue to work together to coordinate actions and all the Government’s EET programmes and support. This ensures that actions are well targeted and avoid duplication.

Measuring progress together

The vision for the Action Plan is that Māori exercise rangatiratanga to create intergenerational wellbeing through work. It will take time to create the changes that are needed to achieve this vision.

The mix of immediate-, medium- and long-term actions is intended to contribute to changing the EET system in ways that will create positive change for generations to come. Each of the Action Plan’s three focus areas – People, Workplaces and Futures – has an overriding objective; a short-, medium- and long-term outcome; and measures to track progress towards the vision.

The Government will actively engage with iwi, hapū and Māori to understand how the actions are affecting them and their communities, and whether the Action Plan is achieving the intended outcomes. This feedback from Māori will help to ensure the Action Plan is successful in enabling Māori reach their employment aspirations and responds to change.


Māori have the skills and knowledge to lead, and succeed at, all stages of their careers.

Objective: Equitable participation and achievement in education

  • Short-term outcome: Clear and accessible education and training pathways that lift Māori success in learning and development 
  • Medium-term outcome: More Māori access education and training pathways and complete high-value qualifications
  • Long-term outcome: Māori have parity in participation and achievement in education, especially in high-value qualifications 
  • Measure of progress: Rates of Māori participation, retention, qualifications and completion of apprenticeships

Objective: Equitable access to, and participation in, sustainable, quality work for all Māori

  • Short-term outcome: Wāhine Māori, rangatahi Māori, older Māori workers, tāngata whaikaha Māori and takatāpui Māori, and their employers, know about available EET services
  • Medium-term outcome: Wāhine Māori, rangatahi Māori, older Māori workers, tāngata whaikaha Māori, takatāpui Māori, and their employers, are accessing EET services and are being supported to be independent
  • Long-term outcome: Wāhine Māori, rangatahi Māori, older Māori workers, tāngata whaikaha Māori and takatāpui Māori have equitable opportunities to participate in sustainable, quality work
  • Measure of progress: Rates of employment, underutilisation and job satisfaction

Objective: EET services are tailored and culturally responsive to Māori

  • Short-term outcome: Investment in the range of services that are needed for tailored and culturally responsive services
  • Medium-term outcome: Māori have access to tailored and culturally responsive EET services that help them achieve positive employment outcomes
  • Long-term outcome: Māori find sustainable, quality work through tailored and culturally responsive EET services
  • Measure of progress: Types of services available, rates of participation in services, reported experiences and outcomes


Māori thrive in workplaces that have good conditions and are free from discrimination.

Objective: Workplaces are inclusive for Māori

  • Short-term outcome: Businesses value te reo Māori and Māori culture
  • Medium-term outcome: Businesses implement culturally inclusive policies and practices
  • Long-term outcome: Māori are valued for their contributions as Māori
  • Measure of progress: Workplace policies and practices, and workers’ experiences

Objective: Workplaces recognise and foster the potential of Māori

  • Short-term outcome: The Government understands what businesses and workers need to realise Māori potential
  • Medium-term outcome: Businesses implement employment policies and practices that enable Māori to realise their potential
  • Long-term outcome: Māori have parity in pay and employment outcomes
  • Measure of progress: Wages, types of jobs and workplace practices 

Objective: Māori leadership and representation in the public sector

  • Short-term outcome: Public sector leaders create new opportunities for Māori
  • Medium-term outcome: Public sector employment practices attract, appropriately reward, develop and retain Māori talent
  • Long-term outcome: Māori have equitable representation in public sector leadership and governance roles
  • Measure of progress: Māori in public sector leadership and governance positions, and public sector ethnic and gender pay gaps


Iwi, hapū and Māori are leaders in future-focused and sustainable sectors.

Objective: Successful and sustainable Māori entrepreneurship

  • Short-term outcome: Iwi, hapū, Māori and the Government understand entrepreneurial pathways for Māori
  • Medium-term outcome: Māori entrepreneurial pathways are supported by strong partnerships and relationships
  • Long-term outcome: Māori start and grow thriving, sustainable businesses
  • Measure of progress: Number of Māori businesses (including Māori authorities), number of employees, access to capital, access to government business-support programmes, and revenue

Objective: A diverse Māori workforce in future-focused sectors

  • Short-term outcome: Businesses, workers and the Government understand the shifts in skills needed for the future of work
  • Medium-term outcome: Māori workers have equitable opportunities to develop the skills needed for the future of work
  • Long-term outcome: Iwi, hapū and Māori are leading growth sectors
  • Measure of progress: Number of Māori businesses (including Māori authorities) in growth sectors, and number of Māori employees and managers in growth sectors

Monitoring the Action Plan

This Action Plan is a living document that will respond to change. By monitoring the Action Plan regularly, we will check that the actions are delivering the expected outcomes. Regular monitoring will also enable us to identify opportunities for the Government to do more to improve outcomes.

Through monitoring, we will identify new potential barriers that are emerging and other changes in the labour market that we need to respond to. We will regularly report to ministers responsible for the EET system on how the Action Plan is progressing.

TPK will develop an approach to monitor the Action Plan outcomes. Monitoring will rely on data  being available for the measures identified. We may need to further refine the outcomes and measures as the Action Plan progresses.

The agencies responsible for immediate actions will monitor and report on them. This means that the Government can see how individual actions are contributing to their intended outcome, as well as how the package of actions collectively supports the outcomes.