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Photo of Wellington City Council commits to stronger focus on te reo and Māori history
A goal to make Wellington a bilingual capital city by 2040 sits alongside strengthened co-governance measures in the council’s 10-year strategy for Māori.

A goal to make Wellington a bilingual capital city by 2040 sits alongside strengthened co-governance measures in the council’s 10-year strategy for Māori.

Tūpiki Ora sets out focus areas and actions where the council can collaborate with mana whenua and prioritise Māori.

These actions include normalising te reo Māori, making it easier to learn about Māori history in spaces around the city, taking environmental actions that are led by mana whenua and supporting housing initiatives that put whānau Māori into safe and affordable housing.

The strategy was voted in by the Wellington’s City Council Social, Cultural and Economic Committee on Thursday and follows the signing last week of Tākai Here – a new partnership agreement with Taranaki Whānui and Ngāti Toa.

Callum Katene, from Ngāti Toa said, following “hot on the heels” of the signing of Tākai Here, Tūpiki Ora brought “real substance to that relationship” by defining goals, priorities and timeframes.

Councillor Jill Day described both as “high-level” agreements – more tangible actions will show up in the action plan developed by the council in August.

“We need the how and why of working with mana whenua set down first, before we move to those concrete actions,” she said.

Overall, Day said that the two agreements meant the council would be considering ways to improve outcomes for Māori over the next ten years.

Day said examples of actions under the strategy could include more Māori street names, considering how transport projects could help Māori access places like the hospital, and helping Wellingtonians learn the history of the city’s land.

Councillor Tamatha Paul said the stand-out parts of the strategy were the goals around housing and te reo.

“These are tangible actions we will see,” Paul said.

“I think it will have a lot of influence – even in things like the Audit and Risk subcommittee, people are starting to recognise that they need professional competence in te Tiriti."