Our report paints a picture of successful reform that has been anchored in strong public narratives, a coordinated approach to shifting mindsets as well as legislation, regulation, policy and practice, and a cross-sector approach. We also identify some of the barriers to successful reform that need to be considered. Addressing shortages in talent, creating robust mechanisms for managing results inter-generationally, and creating a blueprint that can help reformers and their actions to remain relevant in a volatile and changing world.
Our conclusions draw on the unique context of Aotearoa – not least the opportunity that Te Tiriti o Waitangi affords us to ground our reforms in a strong and evolving Māori-Crown relationship that moves beyond engagement to collaborative innovation and governance.
One of our key recommendations is the establishment of a Reform Office that can review and challenge reform programmes, capture learning and share insights, hold Government to account for reform outcomes, and contribute to continuous improvement and learning. Because if you are going to take on the challenge of moving mountains in Aotearoa New Zealand, you need to make sure you do it well.