Our Vision and Values

The Commission’s vision and values underpin how we operate to best ensure we are positioned to deliver our strategic intentions.

The Commission's vision

Pae tawhiti: Kia whanake ngā ture o Aotearoa mā te arotake motuhake

Vision: Better law for Aotearoa New Zealand through independent review

Operating in the wider justice sector, the Commission contributes to a unified value-based government for all New Zealanders. The Commission works across agencies, offering its law reform capacity where needed, and plays a leading role as the only independent law reform body in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through its law reform recommendations and advice, the Commission helps to improve confidence that our laws support a modern democracy, an efficient economy and a just society. The Commission makes a positive difference to people’s lives, promoting better law that improves their current and future wellbeing. The independence of the Commission allows it to approach each law reform task with an open mind, undertake wide-ranging engagement and consultation, consider the broader policy context and advise or recommend how to achieve better law for Aotearoa New Zealand. In this way, the Commission contributes significantly to the justice sector of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Commission's values

Ngā Mātāpono me Ngā Tikanga:

At the Law Commission we value:

  • Whanaungatanga – i ngā mahi katoa ka manāki tētahi i tētahi kia tipu ai ngā   hononga pono, pūmau, whaipainga hoki.
  • Hiranga – ka whai i te hiringa i a mātou mahi katoa, arā te manawanui, te mahi tahi me te auaha hoki.
  • Te Ao Māori – ka tūturu tā mātou whai kia mārama ake mātou ki te ao Māori, a, ka tūhono atu, ka tautoko hoki i ngā take nunui o te ao Māori.
  • Mana – E aro nui ana mātou ki te hāpai i te mana o ngā tāngata katoa o Aotearoa.

Ko ngā mātāpono te tūāpapa o ā mātou mahi, ā tangata      takitahi, ā rōpū hoki, kia ū ai o mātou wawata. Ma ēnei uara i waenganui i a mātou tikanga e whakarite ngā whakawhitiwhitinga me ngā whakahaeretanga o a mātou mahi mātou e arataki.

  • Whanaungatanga – we care for each other in our everyday actions, building honest, strong and positive relationships.
  • Hiranga – we strive for excellence in all that we do. We are dedicated, collaborative and innovative.
  • Te ao Māori – we commit to understanding te ao Māori and to engaging with and promoting matters of particular concern to Māori.
  • Mana – we seek to uphold the mana of all people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our values underpin how we behave as individuals and as an organisation to achieve our vision. Our shared values create our culture, guiding how we interact with each other and approach our work.


The Commission acknowledges and thanks Te Ripowai Higgins for writing the statement of vision and values in te reo Māori.