The insights in the 2022 Māui Rau report draw on the experiences of individuals who have been deeply involved with iwi entities, along with KPMG’s perspectives, in examining what the evolution of the current generation of Post Settlement Governance Entities (PSGEs) might involve. As the organisations that received redress packages following long and drawn-out Treaty settlement processes, PSGEs are responsible for protecting the taonga and legacy and managing the rights, interests and financial assets in these packages on behalf of current and future generations of iwi members.

Consistent themes were raised concerning the effectiveness of the current organisational structures in delivering the desired outcomes in changing times for Māori that warrant further exploration. The first generation of PSGEs was developed more than 30 years ago and structurally have largely remained unchanged despite significant shifts in the environment in which they operate today.

The 2016 inaugural edition of the Māui Rau series discussed Māori adapting in a changing world. The second edition delved into the strong themes that emerged from the previous – leadership and entrepreneurship.  The third report examined the organisational disciplines needed to realise the potential for Māori but in the context of a PSGE 1.0 model. The kaupapa for this year’s edition discusses the evolution to PSGE 2.0 and using our past to inform the shaping of the future of PSGEs.

So let us explore what the evolution to PSGE 2.0 could look like as we try to tackle the genuine issues affecting our people and propel them to use their talent and potential. But note that PSGE 2.0 is only a transition step; it’s not the destination. Let’s not wait another 30 years before considering what PSGE 3.0 might be.