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We propose the following next steps for the Tatauranga Umanga Māori project, which are based on the key findings from consultation.

Refine the definition of a Māori authority

Feedback underlined the importance of removing any confusion between the definition of a Māori authority and the definition of a Māori business, and providing more detail about the scope of a Māori authority. We should:

  • confirm the focus on Māori authorities by removing any confusion with the broader scope of Māori businesses
  • refine the definition and scope of a Māori authority to align with the insights and feedback in this report.

Use data on Māori authorities that is already available

We should:

  • identify authorities and their subsidiaries that are Inland Revenue-registered for tax purposes. Organising Māori authorities into three strands would offer order and logic to this phase of the project.
  • include non Inland Revenue-registered, Inland Revenue-registered, and other Māori businesses when encouraging Māori businesses to participate in current and future surveys.

Use currently available data but also take a Māori-centric approach in future

If we use existing business, economic, social, cultural and environmental data, we need to pass a Māori-focused lens over it to ensure it is meaningful to Māori. A Māori-centric approach would begin with a kaupapa and tikanga framework to explain Māori data needs. We should:

  • assess the status, relevance, and value of the proposed Māori Statistics Framework.

Update: In 2014 we published He Arotahi Tatauranga, a statistical framework for Māori information needs. It builds on our previous work in Towards a Māori Statistics Framework: A discussion document (2012), where we presented the Māori Statistics Framework referred to in this paper. See He Arotahi Tatauranga for the updated Māori Statistics Framework.

Create a strategy for engaging Māori authorities

We need a strategy supported by a work plan with dedicated resources to make headway engaging with three strands of Māori authorities (Inland Revenue-registered MAs, non-Inland Revenue-registered authorities, and new authorities). We should aim to:

  • engage Māori authorities that are not on the Business Frame and persuade them to be included
  • increase Māori authorities’ participation in our surveys
  • share progress on Tatauranga Umanga Māori with our customers
  • nurture a customer-focused relationship with Māori business customers.
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