AGENCY: Catalyst IT,  2019

ROLE: IA, Design

Te Haeata - a beaming light

The name Te Haeata symbolises a beaming light, a dawn of a new day encapsulating the Crown’s hope to build, improve and strengthen its relationship with settled groups based on upholding Treaty settlement commitments that have been made.

We collaborated with The Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti to create Te Haeata Settlement Portal – an online record of Treaty settlement commitments, as recorded in deeds of settlement and settlement legislation.

The aim of Te Haeata is to make Treaty settlement commitments more visible and accessible to post settlement governance entities and organisations with responsibilities in Treaty settlements. This includes Crown agencies, local government and other relevant organisations. To this end Te Haeata is available only to commitment holders and not the general public.

We worked with stakeholders to create an innovative solution.

“Working with Catalyst allowed us to deliver an intuitive, approachable interface to a complex problem. Catalyst ensured all users were front-and-centre during the design process and the finished product truly shines,” said a Te Arawhiti spokesperson.

By raising the visibility of Treaty settlement commitments, Te Haeata supports commitment holders to deliver on their obligations and ensure the durability of settlements is upheld.

The visual design:

The Te Haeata homepage features a video of Aotearoa landscapes provided by NZ Story. After logging in the page shows stills from the video to carry these beautiful landscapes throughout the site alongside the simple and strong kowhaiwhai ribbon.

What it means

The design reflects the name of Te Arawhiti, which means ‘the bridge’. The name symbolises the bridge between Māori and the Crown, the past and the future, and the journey from grievance to partnership.

Enhanced mapping and search

Interactive maps were created to depict areas of interest. The new site also allows searching for commitments by keyword, agency name or commitment type.

Notes and notifications

The site now allows the ability to make notes and updates about a commitment and enables notifications about upcoming, time-bound commitments.

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