Maori Community Engagement


Ticking a box or building relationships?  

At its best community engagement is an ongoing and continuous process that is valuable not only to the community but to the engaging organisation as well. At its worst it is nonexistent or, almost equally as bad, lip service.

  • Where on this scale does your organisation fall when it comes to engaging with Māori communities?
  • Does your strategy allow for building lasting relationships over time, or do you have to start from scratch with every project?

It is easy to let budget and time constraints erode your community engagement strategy until all that is left is one way information. Through this one day of presentations, case studies and roundtable discussions the complexities of Māori community engagement are approached and examined.

You will:

  • Get a chance to discuss the issues with your peers at a facilitated round table discussion.
  • Get a refresher course in the recent history of Māori community engagement.
  • Learn who the hard to reach parts of the community are and how to reach them.
  • Hear about how a frosty relationship was turned around, and eventually bloomed.

And most importantly;

You will come away from this day with a picture of how you can build mutually beneficial relationships that keep growing stronger over time.      



Agenda: Day 1


Registration & Coffee


Opening Karakia and Mihimihi


Opening remarks from the Chair - He Kupu Whakatuwhera mā te Heamana

Scott Campbell, Partner, Senate Communications Counsel


Looking back, moving forward - Mā muri, mā mua

Engagement between Māori and other-than-Māori has always been challenging for New Zealand society. This session offers a broad look at developments in communication, collaboration and engagement with Māori and other-than-Māori over the last 20 years.
• How have we got to where we are, locally, nationally, and perhaps even further afield?
• Are our relationships better now than 20 years ago?
• If we believe there is a momentum for improvement, what are some ways we can sustain it?

Tom Roa, Senior Lecturer, The University of Waikato; Chair, Te Arataura, Executive, Waikato-Tainui


Building a relationship from a negative starting point - Kōrero Rangahau: Te whakatika i te noho ā-hoa, mehemea i hē te tīmatang

Achieving a good relationship with a community can be difficult enough when starting from zero but when initial reactions to a situation are abjectly negative just getting to a position where engagement is possible can be extremely complex.
• Dispute background and history
• How communication was achieved
• The alignment of goals and result

Scott Campbell, Partner, Senate Communications Counsel


Morning break & refreshments - Wā kai


When the mission is bigger than the budget - He parāoa te kauae, he pātiki noa iho ngā niho

The budget given to engaging with Māori is often not on par with the task. This places demands on liaison professionals, as well as the community, and requires long term and out-of-the-box thinking.
• Building and sustaining community relationships
• Making the most of spontaneous engagement and volunteer organisations
• Examples of creative, cost effective, solutions

Kataraina Belshaw, Maori Policy Manager, Bay of Plenty Regional Council


Round table discussions - Ngā kōrero huri noa i te tēpu

Facilitated conversations presenting an opportunity to share experiences of engagement in your sector
Public Sector
• Government issues and opportunities
• Approaches to community engagement applicable to the public sector
Private sector
• The value of community engagement
• Building relationships in varying situations, from local to national
Scott Campbell, Partner, Senate Communications Counsel


Lunch break - Kai o te poutūtanga


Two sides of a relationship Te noho takirua: ngā whakaaro o tētahi, o tētahi

Mighty River Power and Tauhara North no2 Trust have established a partnership over many years of korero and engagement. This presentation will outline the keys to engaging in multi-million dollar partnerships that are economically, culturally and environmentally sustainable.
• The evolution of a relationship, from past to current projects
• Uniting around shared ideals

Ngahi o te ra Bidois, Chairperson, Tauhara North No 2 Trust

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Defining the right channels and best practice - He Kōrero nā te Pae: Te waitohu i ngā huarahi tika me ngā tikanga pai rawa

What groups and organisations are crucial to engage for what projects? There are a host of reasons to engage with a proxy rather than going straight to the community, but there can also be dangers in this approach.
• How to make sure your messages gets across
• Building on already existing social structures

Rawiri Faulkner, General Manager - Māori Strategy, Te Pu Ao - GNS Science
Renee Ritete, Partner, ORA Communications
Maraea Ropata, Practice Leader, Te Roopu Awhina


Afternoon break & refreshments - Wā kai


When voices are heard - Engaging with Iwi around resource management

Rawiri Faulkner is a member of the Greater Wellington Regional Council - Natural Resource Plan Committee (Te Upoko Taiao). In this capacity he has experience working with a number of iwi groups to align resource aspirations with meaningful outcomes.
• Experience within the committee
• Achieving the outcome that truly provides for the region as a whole
• What opportunities exist with regards to having meaningful input into local government decision making?

Rawiri Faulkner, General Manager - Māori Strategy, Te Pu Ao - GNS Science

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Māori engagement – The new Auckland context

Johnnie Freeland, Maori Strategy & Relations Manager, Auckland Council

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Closing remarks from the Chair - Kupu Whakakapi, mā te Heamana


Closing Karakia


End of conference and networking drinks - Te mutunga o te hui


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