According to a NZ Herald report, the ‘Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti’ agency will help facilitate the next step in the Treaty relationship – moving beyond the settlement of treaty grievances into what it means to work together in partnerships. It will also provide leadership across the public sector on other matters including the constitutional and institutional arrangements supporting partnerships between the Crown and Māori.
As well as the Crown-Māori Relations Unit, the agency will consolidate several other offices into one. These include:
- the Office of Treaty Settlements, which negotiates treaty settlements on behalf of the Government;
- the unit considering foreshore and seabed claims - the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Team; and
- the settlement commitments unit.