Te Puni Kōkiri

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Te Puni Kōkiri
Ministry overview
Preceding agencies Department of Maori Affairs
Department of Native Affairs
Headquarters Wellington, New Zealand
Minister responsible Pita Sharples, Minister of Māori Affairs
Deputy Ministers responsible Chris Finlayson, Deputy Minister of Maori Affairs
Tariana Turia, Minister for Whānau Ora
Ministry executive Michelle Hippolite, Chief Executive
Website www.tpk.govt.nz

Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) is a New Zealand public sector department responsible for Māori public policy and policy affecting Māori.


The department, called TPK for short, reports to the Minister of Māori Affairs. Te Puni Kōkiri's current chief executive is Michelle Hippolite,[1] and the current Minister of Māori Affairs is Pita Sharples.[2]

The current name means, literally, 'a group moving forward together.'[3]


Until The Maori Purposes Act of 1947 changed the word native to Māori government-wide, the department was known as the Department of Native Affairs.

Māori loan affair[edit]

Main article: Māori loan affair

Between 1986 and 1987 TPK was embroiled in the Māori loan affair, which involved the Ministry attempting to raise overseas funds for Maori development purposes in an unauthorised way.

2014 restructure[edit]

In August 2014, it was announced that TPK would be undergoing a restructure effective by 3 November 2014, with approximately 80 staff losing their jobs.[4]


  1. ^ "Organisational Structure: The Chief Executive's Office". Te Puni Kokiri. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "About Us: Minister of Māori Affairs". Te Puni Kokiri. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Who we are". Te Puni Kōkiri. 
  4. ^ "Te Puni Kokiri job losses 'shock' staff". Radio New Zealand News. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 

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