Co-Governance and the Case for Shared Decision Making


  • Carwyn Jones Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington



co-governance, shared decision making, Treaty of Waitangi, Māori rights, Treaty settlements


This article explores some of the key features of co-governance, or shared decision making, between Māori and the Crown. Co-governance models create the conditions for making better decisions by sharing decision making with Māori where Māori communities have a distinctive interest. Such models are able to draw on the distinctive experiences, knowledge and expertise that Māori communities can bring. Shared decision making enhances the legitimacy and durability of decisions by giving effect to rights under te Tiriti o Waitangi. The article also identifies some key principles of effective co-governance and provides some brief examples where shared decision making is being implemented to illustrate the range of situations in which such models are applicable.


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Author Biography

Carwyn Jones, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Carwyn Jones is lead academic in the Ahunga Tikanga (Māori Laws and Philosophy) programme at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and an honorary adjunct professor in Te Kawa a Māui (School of Māori Studies) at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington.