Te Mahi Kia Pai Ake a Aotearoa Mō Te Iwi o Aotearoa
Making New Zealand better for New Zealanders
People can easily access the services and information they need
People’s ability to access services and information affects their lives and wellbeing.
When people can easily verify their identity, barriers to participation are eliminated or eased and their ability to participate in society – through jobs, education, community work, and recreation – is enhanced.Read more
Iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe, resilient and thriving
Communities are important to people’s wellbeing. People have the best opportunity to thrive and prosper when the communities they live in are safe and resilient.
While risk and harm cannot be eliminated completely, they can be reduced, and communities can be supported to manage risks and challenges. Equally important is the ability of communities to form and realise their own aspirations.Read more
People’s sense of belonging and collective memory builds an inclusive New Zealand
A strong sense of belonging is important for New Zealand to be a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone.
Many factors influence people’s sense of belonging and connection. When people lack a sense of belonging and feel excluded there are high social costs, not just for individuals but for communities and society as a whole.Read more
New Zealand is a well-functioning democracy across central and local government
Both central and local government have big impacts on the lives of New Zealanders. The smooth running of New Zealand’s democratic institutions is important to the accountability and transparency that gives people trust and confidence in democracy.
The mechanisms and support needed to make government functional contribute to people’s willingness and ability to participate in society.Read more
Our Departmental Response to COVID-19
Well before COVID-19 shut Aotearoa’s borders and changed the way most of us lived and worked, Te Tari Taiwhenua was preparing to ensure we were able to continue to deliver for our customers – to connect people, communities and government to make New Zealand better for New Zealanders.
As a Department, our response was a demonstration of our principles and behaviours – we make it easy, we make it work; we are stronger together; and we take pride in what we do.Read more