Our Māori Cultural Framework

Published: November 22, 2018

Our high aspirations for tamariki Māori are the foundation of our way of working and central to new legislative responsibilities coming into force in 2019. To support this, in partnership with others we designed the Māori Cultural Framework.

Introducing our Māori Cultural Framework

This is an important step as we work towards doing better for tamariki Māori.

The Framework is a starting point for us to better engage with and respond to our iwi and Māori partners, whānau and tamariki. It will evolve and grow as we mature as an organisation.

It gives understanding and context to our decision making, and will guide us to deepen our understanding of key Māori values, practices, concepts and events that have impacted Māori.

Māori Cultural Framework A3 [PDF, 338 KB]


Introducing our Māori Cultural Framework and app - video transcript

Narrator speaking:

Almost 70% of tamariki in the care of Oranga Tamariki identify as Māori.

Building our knowledge, skills and confidence in te ao Māori – the Māori world view – will help us achieve better outcomes for tamariki Māori, and their whānau.

We’ve developed a Māori Cultural Framework, which sets out our expectations for our staff - including key Māori concepts and practices.

That information is covered in a new app called Te Kete Ararau, that we want to share with you.

You can also use the app to listen to waiata, build your pepeha, and more!

So please - download Te Kete Ararau. It’s available, for free, from the Apple or Android app stores.

Remember that our journey supporting children cannot happen on our own – but through the efforts of us all.

End of transcript.

Resource supports learning

To help support our learning and build confidence we've developed an app, called Te Kete Ararau. This name was gifted to us by Te Atiawa.

The app has all the framework information in it, and you can listen to pronunciations, create your pepeha, learn waiata and much more! 

It’s available to download for free from the app store, for both Apple and Android devices - just search for 'Te Kete Ararau'. 

View instructions for the app [PDF, 125 KB]