7 Nov 2013

New name for Te Puni Kokiri dismissed

7:07 am on 7 November 2013

The Government has rejected a name change for Te Puni Kokiri.

A working party which reviewed the department believes the agency would benefit from a new brand, because it would signal change and is consistent with the long established practice in Maori culture of taking a new name.

On Wednesday, the Government announced a shake-up at Te Puni Kokiri, to give it a bigger role in providing strategic advice, leadership and guidance to ministers and the rest of the state sector.

But Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says the name of the department is staying.

He says he doesn't want to dramatise the changes, which are changes which are important in their own right and a new name is not needed to give them mana.