APPLYING TE TIRITI IN local government
3.5 hours facilitated (online), for organisations

Designed for staff and elected officials, this workshop strengthens capability to uphold Te Tiriti responsibilities in local government. Building on the foundational learning gained in our Understanding Te Tiriti workshops, this tailored workshop supports practical application of Te Tiriti in local decision making to improve environmental and community wellbeing.

what's covered?

  • Overview of Te Tiriti context
  • Local government Te Tiriti responsibilities  
  • Elements of successful Te Tiriti application – locally and nationally
  • Collective and personal actions to uphold Te Tiriti.


This tailored workshop supports practical application of Te Tiriti in local decision making. By the end of this workshop, you’ll:

  • understand the relevance of Te Tiriti to local government
  • know what’s needed for successful Te Tiriti application in local government
  • be able to plan and act using Te Tiriti as a framework.


Registering for the facilitated delivery gives you:

  • a 3.5 hour facilitated workshop via Zoom
  • workshop slides
  • a record of your workshop discussions to inform planning and decision-making.

Learning pathway

Before undertaking this workshop, you need to complete one of our Understanding Te Tiriti workshops. We recommend you do that in the fortnight prior to this application workshop. 

Who’s this for?
This workshop is for all those working in the local government sector (staff and elected officials) who have a shared foundational understanding of Te Tiriti and want to turn this knowledge into action.

get in touch

Jen and Groundwork Facilitating Change brought mana to the Te Tiriti journey Northern Regional Council is on.  For those of us who have led this development internally for staff and elected members, the learning environment enabled us to hear the conversations differently and more powerfully. As senior Māori managers we are often exposed to institutional racism and systemic barriers, however, in this instance our voices were taken care of and those who are ready were able to engage as Tangata Tiriti. I would highly recommend this training for any organisation that is ready for critical change at a time that it is not only recognised but absolutely required.

Auriole Ruka (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto), Pou Manawhakahaere Northland Regional Council.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi provides context and grounding for the relationship between local government and hapū/iwi and Māori.” (Future for Local Government Report, 2023)
interested in what’s next?
After completing this course, organisations can continue to Stage 3: Embedding Te Tiriti


This workshop builds off the organisational progress made since Stage 2. It provides a space to reflect on daily work and provides guidance around how to sustain action.

The workshop strengthens individual and collective practice to support the realisation of Te Tiriti commitments.