Better Indigenous Policies: An Aotearoa New Zealand Perspective

Policy evaluation, particularly government-funded evaluation, tends to focus on high-level indicators or on those charged with implementing specific programs rather than on systems of transmission and the mix of policies and strategies across government. M?ori providers come under particular scrutiny through evaluation. This has, however provided an opportunity for the development of ëby M?ori, for M?orií evaluation, with the Kaupapa M?ori paradigm providing a significant space for a wide range of M?ori individuals and organizations to work from. What these approaches have achieved is the support and reinforcement of policies, such as Whanau Ora, which are premised on the right of and need for M?ori to be involved through collaborative and consultative processes at all stages: from policy design to implementation to evaluation.