Iwi capacity and capability

Status Current

Start Date December 2021

Due Date June 2022

Lead Organisation/s

WRLC Secretariat

Iwi capacity and capability

What we’re doing

The ability of local iwi to contribute to work programmes of the Wellington Regional Leadership Committee, local government and central government in general is highly constrained by a lack of capacity and/or capability.

This project is to:

  • understand current issues
  • scope opportunities for improving iwi capacity and capability for trialling and/or development
  • make recommendations for next steps.

Iwi Work Placements and Secondments – Pilot

The Iwi Work Placements and Secondments pilot is now underway, to help our Iwi Partners build resource capacity and capability to more meaningfully participate within government system timeframes.

Under a shared benefits arrangement, government and private sector organisations can improve their cultural competency and gain real Te Ao Māori experience in an immersed environment through work placements and secondments to our Iwi Partners.

This project aims to:

  1. Build iwi capacity for relationships building and more meaningful engagement
  2. Build iwi capability in certain technical areas – towards a more equitable capability to participate in processes
  3. Share systems knowledge to understand and navigate processes
  4. Assist in building enduring partnerships between central and local government and Iwi Partners
  5. Activate work placements and secondments that solve a real resourcing need.

With organisations increasingly seeking iwi input and advice on various workstreams and projects, Iwi Partners are experiencing limited capacity or capability in some technical areas to fully participate in valuable engagement opportunities. This pilot is designed to address that challenge.

View the Work Placement Fact Sheet here

View the Secondment to Iwi Partners Fact Sheet here


1. Issues and opportunities paper

2. Scoping report of short-listed opportunities – read here

3. High level business case for each opportunity on the “go” list