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The Spirit of Service Awards celebrate outstanding public sector governance, young leaders and initiatives that deliver great outcomes motivated by a spirit of service to the community.

The awards were open to organisations across central and local government, including Crown entities. Entries are welcomed from single agencies or collaborative initiatives, which may include partners outside the public sector.

The Spirit of Service Awards 2020 celebrated outstanding initiatives delivering exceptional outcomes for New Zealanders.

The Award winners were announced at the Spirit of Service Awards event at Te Papa, Wellington, this week.

Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Te Rūnanga O Toa Rangatira - Ngāti Toa, Te Āhuru Mōwai, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Ministry of Social Development together win the Māori Crown Relationships Award | Te Tohu mō te Tūhonotanga a Ngāi Māori me te Karauna.

Ta Matiu Rei( Chairman) and James Te Puni( Kaiwhakahaere Matua) of Te Ahuru Mowai were present to receive the award.

This award celebrates outstanding contributions to strengthening the health of Māori Crown relationships through:

  • Auahatanga (innovation)
  • Whakapūmautanga (durability)
  • Kōwhiringa (opportunities)

The judges looked for initiatives that demonstrated:

  • engagement processes with Māori that uphold and exceed the Māori Crown Engagement Framework and Guidelines standards
  • meaningful partnerships with Māori that deliver mutual outcomes
  • embedding te ao Māori approaches and Treaty of Waitangi perspectives at the heart of policy, programmes, and services
  • workforce initiatives that build and sustain the cultural competence of the public service
  • empowerment of Māori to succeed as Māori in leadership roles
  • better services that improve responsiveness and accessibility for Māori and improve the lives of whānau.

The judges said “Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Te Rūnanga O Toa Rangatira - Ngāti Toa, Te Āhuru Mōwai, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Ministry of Social Development together enable iwi housing aspirations in Porirua.

They’ve developed a modern, future-focused partnership based on a shared vision of enabling a thriving community, that’s returning whenua to iwi and devolving management of assets to improve intergenerational wellbeing and the health of mokopuna.”

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