What can you do to be a good partner?
For non-Māori organisations, learning to be a good treaty partner is essentially about relationships and ensuring these are well looked after. At a co-governance level, such as the partnership of Crown to Māori, this should be equality at the board table. When relationships or partnerships falter, this is usually because good faith through poor decision-making has occurred. As with any trust-based relationship, once trust is lost this can be hard to rectify.
Do your best to understand te ao Māori, the culture, tikanga, and kawa as it is integral.
Having some understanding of te ao Māori will provide you with a skillset for how to be an effective treaty partner. For example, familiarise yourself with the historical and contemporary history of the people, land, and area that you are working in. This will give you the relevant context to support you in the decisions you are making or contributing to.
Educate yourself on the differences between the terms commonly used: tangata whenua, mana whenua, iwi, hāpu, and ahi kā etc.