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Our Purpose

The general function of the New Zealand Maori Council are set out in the Maori Community Development Act 1962.  This Act conveys the Council’s purpose and gives us the framework in which we operate.

Our Key Messages
NZ Maori Council is a statutory body for all Maori established 50 years ago.
Since 1962, the Council has led Maori policy development at the national level and community development at a local level.
Council has commenced a renewal process to take a more effective role in national policy development.
The Council will re-establish representation in those districts who do not have any people validly in office.
The Council will work with iwi leader and the Iwi Leadership Group.
The Council’s functions for all Maori remain as relevant today as they have been over the last 50 years.

Our Strategy
Over the next few months, Council will be preparing a strategic plan with a clear statement of direction and a detailed action plan.

Our Communications Goals
Timely and comprehensive communication between the Executive and between all District Maori Councils.
All Maori and the wider community are informed of the Council’s purpose and current priorities.
Two-way communication between key stakeholders and the Council on matters of shared interest.

Our Structure

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NZ Maori Districts

The NZ Maori Council is spearheaded by elected representatives from each Maori District around New Zealand.  From within this national body, representatives are elected onto the Executive Team to advance the vision, mission and goals of the NZ Maori Council.  Read More…

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NZ Maori Council Executive

The NZ Maori Council have 8 executive positions are the main working group for the NZ Maori Council.  The positions are:   Honarary President, Chairman (currently have two Co-Chairs), Deputy Chair Administration (two people), Deputy Chair Communications, Deputy Chair Tikanga (two positions, one tane , one wahine) and Deputy Chair Wardens.  Read More…

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NZ Maori Wardens Committee

Under the Maori Community Development Act 1962,  the NZ Maori Council has both the statutory authority and responsibility for the NZ Maori Wardens.  In Sept 2012, Council established a Maori Wardens Administration & Warranting Committee to administer all all aspects for the Wardens.  Read More…

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Our Achievements

There is a long history behind the NZ Maori Council as part of the long Maori struggle for autonomy.  Our fight for Maori rights have seen many notches added to our belt of achievements.   Our victories have seen the protection of Our Language, Our Airways, Our Fisheries, Our Forests. Read More…

About Us

The general function of the New Zealand Maori Council are set out in the Maori Community Development Act 1962. This Act conveys the Council’s purpose and gives us the framework in which we operate.

Our Team

The NZ Maori Council is spearheaded by elected representatives from each Maori District. From within this national body, representatives are elected to advance the goals of the NZ Maori Council.

Our History

  • NZ Maori Council rich and unique history can be traced back to the Kotahitanga movement and the Maori parliaments in the 1800s.

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