Rachel Houlbrooke will bring an international perspective on public service delivery to IPAA’s Darwin conference
Ms Rachel Houlbrooke, Deputy Chief Executive, Settlements and Takutai Moana, Office for Māori Crown Relations (Te Arawhiti)
If anyone can bring an international perspective to different models of public service delivery, it’s New Zealand’s Ms Rachel Houlbrooke, Deputy Chief Executive, Settlements and Takutai Moana, Office for Māori Crown Relations (Te Arawhiti).
The Office for Māori Crown Relations (Te Arawhiti) was established by the New Zealand Cabinet in late 2018 as an agency whose key purpose is to support the Crown to act fairly as a Treaty Partner in negotiations with Māori in a post Treaty settlement era.
Unlike Australia, New Zealand does not have a constitution in the form of single document. Rather it has a collection of common laws, customs and legislation built on the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi — the nation’s founding document — that together establish the framework of government.
Ms Houlbrooke’s work is focused on historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations and Māori Crown relations. Prior to this she worked for eight years with Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in indigenous policy roles. She also worked in the Solomon Islands for two years alongside customary landowners on economic development issues.
Having worked in indigenous policy on both sides of the Ditch, Ms Houlbrooke will bring a unique perspective to different models of public service delivery to share with delegates at the Darwin conference.