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Chief Ombudsman Māori panel's inaugural report

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The Chief Ombudsman’s Māori panel – Pūhara Mana Tangata – has published a report of its first two years in operation.

The panel was established in late 2019 and is made up of eight senior Māori leaders and rangatahi with the expertise and knowledge to provide the Chief Ombudsman with sound advice.

The panel provides guidance on engagement and communications on matters that impact Māori, and promotes the role of Ombudsman as an independent watchdog for Parliament to wider Māori audiences.

This inaugural report, Te Pūrongo nā te Pūhara Mana Tangata ki te Kaitiaki Mana Tangata, provides an overview of the highlights of the panel’s mahi supporting the Chief Ombudsman and his staff between December 2019 and December 2021.

It also covers the landmark meeting between Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier and a delegation including panel members and Kiingi Tuheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII at Tuurangawaewae Marae in August 2020.

This meeting marked the establishment of a stronger relationship, starting with the development of a summer internship with the Ombudsman for Kiingitanga members.

The report also includes a tribute to the late Pāpā Neville Baker, a panel member whose gentle guidance and wisdom will be missed.

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