The Māori Language Commission was set up under the Māori Language Act 1987 to promote the use of Māori as a living language and as an ordinary means of communication.

As an autonomous Crown entity, we are bound by the provisions of legislation such as the Crown Entities Act, Public Finance Act and State Sector Act, and we are required to report to Parliament through our Annual Report. We receive funding through Vote: Māori Development and our monitoring agency is Te Puni Kōkiri.

We are responsible to the Minister for Māori Development for the expenditure of public funds to support our mission statement and outcomes. Each year, the Minister issues a Letter of Expectations outlining the specific objectives for us to focus on during the following financial year.

At least every three years, we produce a Statement of Intent (SOI) that describes our strategic intentions for the next four years. The SOI is submitted to Parliament and is published on our website.

Each year, we produce a Statement of Performance Expectations (SPE) which details our projected budgets and how we will measure our performance for the next year. The SPE is also submitted to Parliament and published on our website.

We report against our SOI, SPE and the Minister’s Letter of Expectations in our Annual Report, published every year.


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