Te Rūnanga MOJ

Support for Māori at MOJ

Nau mai haere mai ngā mema o Te Tāhū o Te Ture!

This has been a big year for the MOJ Rūnanga. We are happy to see our rōpū representing members from a variety of roles, and across the motu. 

Te Haerenga Komiti hui

On 1st October, we had the first meeting of the PSA/MOJ Te Haerenga Committee. Our PSA delegate reps made it clear to the committee that our members have high expectations of this mahi. We fought for this in bargaining and industrial action, because we believe it is important, and that we need to be given the tools and support to do this mahi.

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MOJ has now committed funding for capability training in tikanga and Te Reo for everyone, from our absolute beginners to our specialist experts. At our National Hui, our staff said that we need learning that is tailored to our specific levels, so this is how we are addressing that. The biggest barrier to training is release from work, particularly for our Courts staff, and we will be addressing this. We know that it is our frontline staff, who engage with Māori every day, who can benefit the most from wananga.

We will also be having regional hui, as well as another National Hui next year, where staff can have meaningful involvement in this kaupapa. We also want to acknowledge and thank the Māori staff reference group for the ongoing commitment in this space.

The Committee’s next hui is set for December, and that is when we will organise our calendar for 2020. We will keep you updated and look forward to seeing you at upcoming hui and wananga!

National Rūnanga Hui

We had our second komiti hui on 16-17 May 2019, and we ran workshops to plan for the next year. We had a meeting with Tony Fisher, Director of Māori Strategy, to discuss how we might engage with Te Haerenga and our upcoming National Hui. We also had a visit from Tjene Tedeschi, Acting GM People and Performance, about how we can engage with MOJ to represent our Māori members. And Basil Prestidge, PSA Assistant National Secretary, came to speak to us about Māori unionism and bargaining across the Public Service Sector.
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  (L-R) Jay Smith, Brendon Lane, Richie Ellis, Leon Tipene, Alverta Le’au’anae, John Taylor, Paula Davis, Toni Welsh, Rireana Kirkwood, Jason Harrison, Lucille Thompson, Michelle Beattie, and Karley Nyman

We also discussed other issues that affect Māori members in MoJ. We elected new convenors (Karley and Jay), and our representatives on the PSA/MOJ Te Haerenga Committee (Toni, Michelle, Paula).

Thank you to everyone for your support.  We’ll keep you updated on this page with what’s happening with MOJ Rūnanga...

Mā te wa, 

Paula Davis
MOJ Māori Enterprise Delegate
Ma whero ma pango, ka oti ai te mahi!


National Hui 20-21st June

A summary of the hui can be found here.


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On 20-21 June, 75 Māori staff from the Ministry of Justice attended the first National Hui at Hungahungatoroa Marae in Tauranga to discuss Te Haerenga, the Ministry’s Māori Strategy. 

This was an outcome of a 2018 PSA bargaining claim lodged by the MOJ Rūnanga Committee. For the first time in almost 20 years, Māori staff got the opportunity to meet and discuss their issues as kaimahi Māori in MOJ. 

Karley Nyman, MOJ Rūnanga Convenor, saw the hui as very positive, saying, “I found the opportunity we as Māori employees of the Ministry were able to take part in this hui, was fantastic! All attendees were on the same page, regarding issues we face daily.”

Rireana Kirkwood, from Christchurch, said, “I went to the hui representing Te Waipounamu, Rangatahi, Wahine and of course Māori. It was incredible to be around and meet other Māori kaimahi of MOJ. We shared ideas and solutions to help our workplaces and our customers, and it was energising to see the passion in our discussions. What I took from the hui was that as a young Māori from the South Island who is relatively isolated, I am supported by everyone at that hui.”


Kahu ūRipia, from Gisborne, said, “I found the highlight of the hui was the honesty in which everyone spoke regarding our integrity as the indigenous partner and how we should be treated within the Ministry. I also thought Andrew Kibblewhite’s time with us was uplifting, and hopefully that time spent will benefit us all in time to come.”

The main issues that the kaimahi had were around Te Reo, Tikanga, Māori recruitment and retention, building a network of Māori staff and continuing engagement with senior leadership. Staff members had the opportunity to directly address the Ministry Chief Executive on these matters.

Another outcome of PSA bargaining was the establishment of Te Haerenga Committee, where MOJ and PSA can engage jointly and implement the strategy.

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Michelle Beattie, a rūnanga delegate and committee member said: “It was evident that an event of this stature was long overdue for our Māori staff; and the opportunity to portray their issues, ideas and their contribution toward implementing Maori initiatives, spoke volumes. A resounding challenge that was portrayed was the difficulty many of our people encountered to attend the hui. Issues around release of staff due to operational requirements at their respective work sites and; whether management recognised and encouraged their Maori staff to attend. Therefore, it was telling that the attendance and representation of our Maori staff, across Aotearoa, could have been far greater, if such challenges, to attend a Hui (for the benefit and progression of Maori staff) were not in existence”

Glenn Barclay, PSA National Secretary attended the hui, and spoke to everyone about how we can all engage on various kaupapa, such as Hāpaitia Oranga Tangata (the upcoming justice reforms), State Sector Reform, and Mana Wahine, the PSA’s claim at the Waitangi Tribunal.

The end result was that the staff decided that we need these hui to run annually, and everyone is looking forward to next year’s hui!

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Paula Davis, Māori Enterprise Delegate, Rotorua Māori Land Court
Leon Tipene, Whangārei Māori Land Court
Michelle Beattie, Auckland High Court
Toni Welsh, Auckland Information Office
Lovey Te Paea, Hamilton District Court
Alverta Le’au’anae, Hamilton High Court
Kata Scott, Hamilton MLC
Jacob Collins, Hamilton Court Security
Gavin Pike, Rotorua Court Security
Richard Ellis, Whakatāne District Court
Karley Nyman, Rotorua High Court
Kataraina Hamiora-Reweti, Rotorua NTS
Kahu Ripia, Gisborne Court Security
Jason Harrison, Whanganui Māori Land Court
John Taylor, Wellington Collections Call Centre
Alex Holes, Office of Treaty Settlements
Jay Smith, Christchurch Court Security
Lucille Thompson, Christchurch Māori Land Court
Rireana Kirkwood, Christchurch Māori Land Court