Te kaupapa outcomes framework

Vision: Māori exercise rangatiratanga to create intergenerational wellbeing through work.

Focus area: People

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


Equitable participation and achievement in education

  • Long-term outcome: Māori have parity in participation and achievement in education, especially in high-value qualifications
  • Measures: rates of Māori participation, retention, qualifications and completion of apprenticeships

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

  • 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
  • Measures: rates of employment, underutilisation and job satisfaction

EET Services are tailored and culturally responsive to Māori

  • Long-term outcome: Māori find sustainable, quality work through tailored and culturally responsive EET services
  • Measures: types of services available, rates of participation in services, reported experiences and outcomes

Immediate actions:

  • Work with Māori to embed a tikanga-Māori-based framework into employment policy, and develop tools to implement the framework
  • Explore the changes needed for the EET system to be effective and equitable for Māori
  • Improve education outcomes for Māori learners, by implementing and reporting on the actions in 'Ka hikitia – ka hāpaitia'
  • Improve education provided on mātauranga Māori and te reo Māori

Medium and long-term actions:

  • Explore how the EET system can intervene early for rangatahi and tamariki
  • Develop positive case studies that showcase the success of Māori students, workers, employers and business owners in various employment and training programmes (this includes Mana in Mahi, He Poutama Taitamariki, He Poutama Rangatahi and Oranga Mahi)
  • Explore ways to incorporate te ao Māori values into new employment-support services for tāngata whaikaha
  • Explore ways to identify and engage with rangatahi Māori who are NEET and connect them with support services
  • Explore whether the current approach to funding and contracting employment services works for Māori, iwi and community service providers, and look at other options to enhance these funding and contracting partnerships
  • Review the way that MSD works with iwi, hapū and Māori groups and how it empowers communities to achieve positive employment outcomes
  • Ensure iwi, hapū and urban Māori authorities have information on the online career planning solution (OCPS), so Māori can access career-planning tools
  • Improve training and employment outcomes for Māori through Te Pūkenga and Workforce Development Councils (WDCs)
  • Improve careers education in schools and target support for rangatahi Māori
  • Incorporate te ao Māori values and community-designed success measures into monitoring and evaluating employment services for Māori
  • Decide if kanohi ki te kanohi career services (such as Direct Career Guidance Services) should become permanent, if evaluations continue to show they are successful
  • Improve data collection on Māori participation in employment services, to accurately monitor whether Māori are taking up opportunities
  • Continue the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) and ensure the reform works for Māori
  • Work with Taumata Aronui to design tertiary education and system settings that will respond better to, and improve outcomes for, Māori learners and communities

Other actions the government is taking to achieve these outcomes:

  • Funding employment-support services that are designed and delivered by Māori for Māori
  • Implementing 'Ka hikitia – ka hāpaitia'
  • Implementing 'Tau mai te reo'
  • Investing in, strengthening and growing MME and kaupapa Māori education
  • Strengthening the sense of belonging and engagement in education
  • Developing and implementing initiatives that raise the Māori cultural capability of education providers, careers advisors, navigators and mentors

Focus area: Workplaces

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


Workplaces are inclusive for Māori

  • Long-term outcome: Māori are valued for their contributions as Māori
  • Measures: Workplace policies and practices, and workers’ experiences

Workplaces recognise and foster the potential of Māori 

  • Long-term outcome: Māori have parity in pay and employment outcomes
  • Measures: Wages, types of jobs and workplace practices

Māori leadership and representation in the public sector

  • Long-term outcome: Māori have equitable representation in public sector leadership and governance roles
  • Measures: Māori in public sector leadership and governance positions, and public sector ethnic and gender pay gaps

Immediate actions:

  • Research incentives and barriers for employers providing flexible work, and how flexible work could benefit kaimahi Māori
  • Research how workplaces can be more inclusive for kaimahi Māori
  • Research incentives for employers to give kaimahi Māori lifelong opportunities to upskill, learn and develop
  • Work with BusinessNZ and the Council of Trade Unions to find ways to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) comply with employment and health and safety responsibilities
  • Remove barriers that kaimahi Māori face to access information about employment rights and responsibilities

Medium and long-term actions:

  • Review the employment dispute resolution system to ensure it is accessible and effective for Māori
  • Research what enables and prevents Māori having meaningful employment. This action includes tāngata whaikaha, Māori with caring responsibilities, older Māori, young Māori parents and Māori sole parents
  • Improve access to childcare, to help parents and other carers take up mahi or education when they and their pēpē are ready
  • Consider whether tikanga Māori can be incorporated into employment relations and employment standards strategy, policy and operations

Other actions the government is taking to achieve these outcomes:

  • Implementing the Gender Pay Gaps Action Plan in the public service
  • Building cultural competence, addressing bias and strengthening inclusive leadership in the public sector, through Papa Pounama
  • Implementing Maruiti (the Māori health and safety strategy)
  • Continuing to overhaul the welfare system and incorporating kaupapa Māori values

Focus area: Futures

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


Successful and sustainable Māori entrepreneurship

  • Long-term outcome: Māori start and grow thriving, sustainable businesses
  • Measures: Number of Māori businesses (including Māori authorities), number of employees, access to capital, access to government business-support programmes, and revenue

A diverse Māori workforce in future-focused sectors

  • Long-term outcome: Iwi, hapū and Māori are leading growth sectors
  • Measures: Number of Māori businesses (including Māori authorities) in growth sectors, and number of Māori employees and managers in growth sectors

Immediate actions:

  • Accelerate iwi, hapū and Māori leadership of, and engagement in, future growth industries
  • Build stronger pathways and support for wāhine Māori entrepreneurs

Medium and long-term actions:

  • Embed best practice in government agencies’ core business, so that Māori businesses are just as able to engage in government procurement as non-Māori businesses, and ongoing support to Māori businesses is part of the procurement system rather than an ‘add on’
  • Work with partners of industry transformation plans (ITP) on opportunities to help Māori businesses succeed and improve employment outcomes for Māori in the ITP sectors
  • Research the barriers and enablers to Māori businesses (start-ups, SMEs) accessing support, by designing and implementing a work plan and communication plan with Māori business networks, regional economic development agencies and other business-support organisations

Other actions the government is taking to achieve these outcomes:

  • Learning about and addressing challenges that Māori face when accessing capital
  • Implementing 'He kai kei aku ringa – The Crown–Māori economic growth partnership'
  • Implementing the Māori Economic Resilience Strategy to make Māori more resilient to economic shocks, and create a more sustainable, resilient, inclusive economy for Māori
  • Supporting the uptake of a Māori-business-identifier number
  • Implementing the Government’s Progressive Procurement policy