Auckland Council's performance on Māori issues is to be tested in two research projects by the Independent Māori Statutory Board.
The board will look at how well the council is meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and the importance it gives to cultural matters.
The board is launching the projects after reaching an agreement on funding from the Auckland Council.
Board chair David Taipari says the treaty audit should be completed by November.
A longer study will by next March assess how well the council deals with cultural responsibilities, which is one of local government's four key roles.
Mr Taipari says another new area is the council agreement to include an assessment of impact to Māori in any reports.
Discussion continues on the process for board members to sit on further five forums in addition to 11 committees already agreed.