Author:Independent Māori Statutory Board IMSB , PricewaterhouseCoopers
Source:Independent Māori Statutory Board, IMSB
Te Tiriti o Waitangi (“Te Tiriti”) Audit (“the audit”) directly supports the second aspect of the Independent Māori Statutory Board’s (“IMSB”) purpose as it assesses the performance of the Auckland Council Group (herein referred to as “the Council” and including the Governing Body, Auckland Council organisation, Local Boards and CCOs) in acting in accordance with statutory references to Te Tiriti and statutory responsibilities to Māori Tāmaki Makaurau. More detail on role and purpose of the IMSB and the audit is in Appendix A.
The scope of any audit is a matter for the IMSB to determine, the major driver being a consideration of those legislative requirements or statutory references that, if not complied with, would have high negative impact to Māori including those where there is increased likelihood of non-compliance or gaps in existing organisational processes. See Appendix B for the legislative requirements in scope.
The scope of this audit has three parts:
Part 1: An assessment of the Council’s framework for responding to previous audit recommendations – as the Council’s follow-up processes are the key overarching mechanism to ensuring that the 60+ actions agreed in previous audit reports are completed as intended.
Part 2: An assessment of the Māori responsiveness Plan ("MRP") programme and review process – given the purpose of MRPs to drive change in the culture, thinking and practice of a division/department/CCO to enable the Council to be more responsive to Māori and enhance
Part 3: Targeted follow-up of a sample of previous audit recommendations – to independently assess progress to address audit recommendations and provide a greater level of clarity on actions required and accountabilities where needed.
Key messages (extracts only)
The formal Treaty Audit Response Work Programme is achieving good momentum
A more mature approach is emerging to enable the Council to deliver the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and fulfil statutory responsibilities to Māori
A volume of work underway to better align, embed and measure efforts
Further processes required to better inform, monitor and measure efforts