Tue 29 Jun 2021 AT 10:00 am , Wellington

Hokai Rangi - Partnership and Engagement with Māori

This government has made clear, its intentions for improved Māori-Crown relationships across the Public Service. Hōkai Rangi is driving Corrections to build genuine partnerships with Māori, in order to deliver greatly improved outcomes across New Zealand.

Māori in New Zealand have long been overrepresented in the criminal justice system – Māori are more likely to be imprisoned and are more likely to re-offend upon release from prison. Hōkai Rangi, Ara Poutana Aotearoa Strategy 2019-2024 represents a new strategic direction for corrections, one that prioritises the oranga (or well-being) of all people at its core.

Hōkai Rangi describes Correction’s vision for the future: eliminating the overrepresentation of Māori in the criminal justice system, through uplifting the oranga (or well-being) of Māori in Corrections’ care and management, and their whanau.

In this session Topia Rameka, Deputy Chief Executive Māori for Corrections will share his vision for Hōkai Rangi from inception to implementation – with a particular focus on partnerships and engagement with Māori. He will share lessons and a range of examples of co-design with Māori, and how these critical initiatives offer a new pathway toward rehabilitation for those in the criminal justice system.

Learn more about Hōkai Rangi and how you can apply it’s principles to similar transformational change for Māori in your organisation.


Topia Rameka was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Māori at Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections) in October 2019, after over 10 years as the Chief Executive of Tuwharetoa Iwi Trust. He had been a member of Corrections' Māori leadership board, Te Poari Hautū Rautaki Māori, which worked alongside frontline staff, service providers, academics and other Māori experts to assist in the development of the final Hōkai Rangi Ara Poutama Aotearoa 2019 – 2024 strategy.

The DCE Māori role was created as one of the first actions in Hōkai Rangi, focussed on maximising wellbeing outcomes and reducing the overrepresentation of Māori in the corrections system. Now, the DCE Māori business group has been resourced to include a Rautaki Māori Strategy & Partnerships team as well as key organisational functions including Policy, Research & Evaluation, Psychology & Programmes, Reintegration & Housing, critical change portfolios and the Māori Pathways Programme.