The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation


Our approach

Given the interwoven nature of the issues and the scope of what we have been tasked to do in the Terms of Reference, the Panel has agreed a high-level approach to undertaking our work:

  • Broad engagement: Open and inclusive engagement with a broad range of people is important to honouring the people centred approach of this Inquiry. We will have korero with consumers, providers, advocates, sector groups, government officials, and experts. Listening to a wide range of communities and stakeholders – and listening closely – will inform the findings, with peoples’ stories and ideas influencing the final product.
  • Building on the knowledge and work done already: Many of the issues with the current system are already known and voiced by government agencies, providers and consumers. We will draw on that knowledge (eg reports, data, direct advice, personal stories) when assessing where the system is at and making recommendations for the future.
  • Focus on solutions: This Inquiry does not seek to redefine the issues. We will focus on the future and provide actionable solutions – what can be done, both locally and nationally.

Our shared values

The following values will guide how we work as a whānau together, and in our engagement with others:

  • Aroha – love, compassion, empathy
  • Whanaungatanga – relationship, kinship, sense of connection
  • Kotahitanga – unity, togetherness, solidarity, collective action
  • Whakamana – respect for everyone’s mana/connections
  • Mahitahi – collaboration, cooperation
  • Tūmanako pai – hope, positiveness.

We are committed to having a Korowai (cloak) of care over all our work and all our engagements.

Korowai (cloak)