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Find out about the public sector (cultural agencies), what we do, how we work together, key contacts and how we can work with you during and after the settlement process.

The Taonga Pathway

What is the public sector?

Public sector cultural agency landscape

The Taonga Pathway - the settlement process

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The Taonga Pathway

Negotiating protocols in a Treaty settlement has the potential to increase clarity for both parties, and is being used increasingly as instruments of redress. Since 2016, the following cultural sector agencies have begun meeting collectively with the Office of Treaty Settlements and iwi:

  • Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH)
  • Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)
  • The Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)
  • Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT)
  • Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision (Ngā Taonga).

This approach has enhanced aspects for both the iwi and agencies as it takes a tiaki taonga centred approach in relation to Treaty settlements, ensuring care of taonga. A common agreement further supports the tiaki taonga approach as it lessens the administrative burden for iwi, and allows for greater collaboration across cultural sector agencies to meet the aspirations of iwi.


Te Ara Taonga is a framework for agencies working together with iwi on tiaki taonga to support iwi aspirations.

Tiaki Taonga is the care, protection, and preservation of taonga and heritage by iwi and agencies.

Te Ara Taonga Guide (pdf)

What is the public sector?

What is the public sector?

The five agencies are constituted differently. While the Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage are in the public service, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga are Crown Entities, and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is a charitable trust. Further information on the public sector is below.

The public sector consists of a number of different organisational forms. These forms vary in the extent to which they are at an arm's-length from Ministers, how they are governed, and the expectations that apply. Public Service departments are close to Ministers (part of the legal Crown), while Crown entities are stand-alone corporate bodies and operate at arm's-length. Most Crown entities are part of the State services, but Tertiary Education Institutions are part of the wider State sector. (See public sector map below.)

The Public Sector map lists organisations by legal titles. To find out where agencies are categorised, click on the following link.

Public sector cultural agency landscape

There are many cultural agencies that receive Government funding, and that have particular statutory roles including:

  • policy performance and standards
  • cultural funding
  • repositories of taonga

The Taonga pathway – the settlement process

Updated on 8th August 2018