About Māori Pathways

The Māori Pathways programme supports the corrections system to be more effective by using kaupapa Māori and whānau-centred approaches.

It includes a range of initiatives to lower the proportion of Māori in the corrections system and aligns with the Hōkai Rangi direction.

Māori Pathways is a four-year programme and learning from the programme will support wider system change.

Projects are being co-designed with whānau, iwi, and hapū Māori; and other organisations and individuals independant of Ara Poutama Aotearoa, including those with lived experiences.

Māori Pathways includes:

  • Increasing the number of people who can access successful initiatives that already exist in parts of Ara Poutama Aotearoa, and extending those programmes to other regions.
  • Incorporating kaupapa Māori and whānau-centric approaches into existing programmes so they are more effective for Māori.
  • New initiatives that draw on research, expertise and experiences.

Initial programmes are being co-designed and trialled mostly  in Hawke's Bay and Te Tai Tokerau, but learning will be used to inform new ways of working nationally and in other regions.

A Mana Wāhine project is being co-designed and trialled in Christchurch.

Hōkai Rangi: Ara Poutama Aotearoa Strategy 2019-2024

Hōkai Rangi: Ara Poutama Aotearoa Strategy for 2019-2024 outlines our commitment to do better for people in our care, identifies our long-term vision, and defines our plan for the next five years. It focuses on prioritising the wellbeing of both the people who come into our care and management, and of their whānau.

Hōkai Rangi represents a new strategic direction for the Department of Corrections: one that builds on the good things that are already happening, learns from doing, and, most importantly, innovates to find new and alternative ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes for people under Corrections’ management, their whānau, and the wider community.

This strategy outlines the target outcomes that we will deliver through a range of projects.

Contact us

Email us at MaoriPathwaysProgramme@corrections.govt.nz