Following feedback from Te Uepū Māori, Tiriti Relationship Group, Council, and our wider membership, TEU willthis week submit our response to Te Pae Tawhiti – 2020 to 2025 Working Draft.

Te Pae Tawhiti – 2020 to 2025 is the framework for the future of the Tiriti o Waitangi relationships of Te Pūkenga. The framework is an essential step for Te Pūkenga in creating a meaningful Māori relationship and equity space and a critical document in guiding practices across Te Pūkenga to ensure our systems and services work well for Māori.

Our submission expresses the views of TEU members concerned that they did not have an opportunity to contribute to the development of Te Pae Tawhiti as a ‘working draft,’ and outlined a number of recommendations that TEU strongly believes would strengthen the framework and better enable it to meet its core aims and objectives in the interests of the Tiriti relationships of Te Pūkenga, as well as those of ākonga, kaimahi, whānau, hapū, iwi, and hapori.

Key recommendations put forward in our submission include our position that kaimahi Māori have a greater place and voice within the document; that TEU, ākonga, kaimahi, whānau, hapū, iwi, and hapori are engaged through co-design and co-production every step of the way; and that Te Pae Tawhiti be reframed using a strengths-based approach, as opposed to the current deficit framing.

The current iteration of Te PaeTawhiti is a working draft, and there are references within the document to continued input, involvement, and engagement with Māori, so we look forward to facilitating greater input from kaimahi and Te Uepū Māori as the Te Pae Tawhiti working draft progresses.