The Herald reports:
Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Crown-Māori Partnership portfolio and agreed to the establishment of a new agency to support the Crown to be a better Treaty partner, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Crown-Māori Partnership Minister Kelvin Davis have announced today. …
The final scope of Kelvin Davis’ portfolio includes responsibilities to:
• Ensure the Crown meets its treaty settlement commitments;
• Develop engagement, co-design and partnership principles that ensure agencies generate the best solutions;
• Ensure public sector capability is strengthened and engagement of public sector agencies with Māori is meaningful;
• Provide an independent cross-Government view on the health of the Crown-Māori partnership;
• Provide strategic leadership and advice on contemporary treaty issues.
We already have an Office of Treaty Settlements, Te Puni Kokiri, a Minister of Maori Affairs and a Minister of Treaty Settlements. I fail to see what a new agency and Minister will do except duplication.