Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri
Ministry of Māori Development
Ministry overview
Formed 1992
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters Te Puni Kōkiri House,
143 Lambton Quay,
Annual budget Vote Māori Development
Total budget for 2016/17
Ministers responsible
Ministry executive
  • Michelle Hippolite,
    Chief Executive
Website www.tpk.govt.nz

Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK) (English: Ministry of Māori Development) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with advising the government on policies and issues affecting the Māori community.[2]

TPK's current name literally means, '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

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

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. "Total Appropriations for Each Vote". 2016 Budget. The Treasury.
  2. "Role and functions". Mō Te Puni Kōkiri. Te Puni Kōkiri.
  3. "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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