Employment - Since 2012 there are 42,000 more Māori people in work (298000 in December 2016, up from 256000 in 2012); the Māori unemployment rate has decreased from 13.9% to 11.6% over this period.
Education – Māori NCEA Level 1 achievement is 75.5%, up from 62.5% in 2008, an increase of 13%. Māori NCEA Level 2 achievement is at 78.4%, up 12% since 2008 and Māori NCEA Level 3 achievement is at 64.5%, up from 53.4% in 2008.
Health - Since the introduction of zero fees for doctors’ visits and prescription charges for Under 13s in July last year, there has been a 17.1% increase in the number of Māori children accessing primary health care.
Immunisation – Between 93% and 94% of Māori babies are now fully immunised by 8 months of age. This has lifted from 86% of Māori babies who were fully immunised in September 2012.
Rheumatic Fever- The current focus on rheumatic fever has resulted in a 23% decrease in cases, dropping from 177 cases in 2012 to 137 in 2016.
Treaty Settlements - As a result of this Government’s focus on historical Treaty settlements, New Zealand is poised to have completed settlements for the majority of the country, with 89% of claimant groups now mandated.
Treaty Settlements - The Crown has signed 82 deeds of settlement with iwi, 56 of which have been signed since 2009. These settlements represent claims covering over 70 percent of New Zealand’s land mass.
Whānau Ora - Budget 2016 contained $40 million of new operating funding over the next four years for Whānau Ora. Commissioning Agencies have reported that as at 31 December 2016, over 10,500 whānau have already received support through their initiatives.
Te Reo - In Budget 2017, $21 million will be invested over the next four years for the continued revitalisation of Te Reo Māori. A further $10 million over the next four years will be invested in Marae Ora. Marae Ora aims to strengthen both the physical infrastructure and cultural capability that are needed to sustain Marae around Aotearoa New Zealand.
In Budget 2017, $10 million will be invested over four years, allocated to help repair and restore whare and revitalise the paepae, building resilience of those charged with maintaining the protocols of Marae. An additional $8 million will be allocated to the Māori Housing Network, and $9 million over three years to trial innovative new approaches helping whānau achieve more housing independence.
The Constitutional Advisory Panel lead a programme of public engagement considering a range of constitutional issues, including Māori representation. The Panel engaged with the public through face to face meetings in communities, hui on marae, on social media and through formal written submissions. The Panel attended over 120 events and received 5259 written submissions. The Panel’s key recommendation was for the Government to actively support a continuing conversation about the constitution by ensuring people can find out more about the current arrangements and about options for our future.
In 2010, New Zealand announced its support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The government supports the Declaration alongside our existing legal and constitutional frameworks, including Te Tiriti o Waitangi.