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Māori outcomes fund. Impact evaluation report 2024

Awa Associates Kaupapa Māori Research & Evaluation
Auckland Council Ngā Mātārae Māori Outcomes Directorate
Publication date:  

He arotakenga pūtea huanga Māori 2024

Extract from the Executive summary

Māori Outcomes Fund

Auckland Council’s Māori Outcomes Fund (MOF) was allocated $150 million over two 10-year budget cycles and aimed to enhance Māori wellbeing and identity in Tāmaki Makaurau through innovative initiatives.

The MOF is part of a larger suite of Council efforts to support Māori outcomes. The Kia Ora Tāmaki Makaurau (KOTM) Framework guides Council's efforts to deliver Māori wellbeing outcomes, identifying 10 mana outcomes for strategic focus.


Six MOF-funded initiatives were selected1 and evaluated for their impact. The evaluation utilized kaupapa Māori research and evaluation methods and mātauranga Māori-based tools- Māori perspectives were central to the evaluation process.

Interviews, wānanga, and document review, were used as data collection tools to gather insights from MOF recipients and key kaupapa partners. A bespoke kaupapa Māori evaluation scale, developed by AWA Associates, Tāmaki Herenga Waka, was employed.

The key evaluation question (KEQ) was:

How well and to what extent has the MOF contributed to the achievement of outcomes for Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau?

Key Findings

The Māori Outcomes Fund (MOF) initiatives selected for this evaluation contributed in significant ways to the achievement of outcomes for Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau. Diverse positive impacts were described and documented. For those involved in the six initiatives selected, having MOF funding and support has made a real difference. ...

1Ngā Mātārae, the Māori Outcomes Directorate of Auckland Council, identified six MOF funded initiatives for inclusion in this evaluation. While MOF funds numerous initiatives, the six initiatives identified for inclusion were those that have received substantive funding from the MOF between June 2021-July 2023. They align broadly to six of the ten KOTM Mana outcomes. The six initiatives included in the evaluation are Amotai, the Cultural Initiatives Fund, the Marae Infrastructure Programme, Te Kete Rukuruku, Te Whakaoratanga o te Puhinui and Te Wharekura.



See also

Te Pūrongo a Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau ngā huanga Māori. Auckland Council Group Māori outcomes