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A planned Māori language proficiency incentive will help DOC fulfil Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations when it begins next July.

Date:  25 July 2023

The incentive was negotiated with the Public Service Association trade union during recent collective bargaining to help DOC fulfil Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations.

Tracy Calder, Chief People Officer at DOC, says DOC is committed to improving our capabilities in this space.

"Treaty relationships are at the heart of what we do," says Tracy. "DOC is committed to promoting learning and use of te reo Māori and contributing to the success of the Maihi Karauna Māori Language Strategy.

"Building further capability in this space is of significant benefit to much of DOC’s day to day work, such as authentic and meaningful engagement with iwi and hapū."

While no roles strictly require te reo Māori fluency, there are many with expectations of competency in the language. The reason for recognising te reo competence is to meet DOC’s obligations to Whāinga Amorangi.

DOC’s growing range of partnerships, management and consultation arrangements with iwi arising from Treaty Settlements across the country mean there is an expectation that our staff can effectively engage with iwi, including in te reo Māori.

Eligibility for this allowance is based on based on a level of certification given by Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission), with payment of $1,800 for Level 3, $2,500 for Level 4, up to a maximum $3,500 for Level 5 proficiency.

Multiple government agencies in New Zealand offer similar allowances, with this implementation bringing DOC in line with these other agencies when it comes into effect next July.

Read more about Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission.


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Email: media@doc.govt.nz

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