Enable a step change for Māori and Pacific economies
This economic shift means:
- Higher economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing
- As partners, the Crown and Māori have strong, ongoing and effective relationships
- Success in business, education, employment, regions and land use.
Te Arawhiti – Office for Māori Crown Relations
The Government established Te Arawhiti – a Crown agency dedicated to fostering strong, ongoing and effective relationships with Māori across government.
Te Arawhiti, 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.
Whenua Māori programme
Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Justice co-lead the Whenua Māori Programme. The Programme supports the sustainable development of whenua Māori, increase the knowledge and skills of Māori landowners, generate wealth and strengthen the connection between Māori and their whenua.
The Whenua Māori Programme recognises that Māori freehold landowners face a complex regulatory environment and have difficultly accessing information and resources about Māori freehold land.
The Whenua Māori Programme addresses these challenges by:
- Enabling on-the-ground support for Māori landowners in key regions
- Amending Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993
- Providing new and enhanced Māori Land Court services
- Modernising Māori Land Court information systems
- Creating a Whenua Knowledge Hub and website designed in collaboration with Māori.
Through the Whenua Māori Programme, the Government is investing $56.1 million over the next four years.
He kai kei aku ringa – the Crown-Māori Economic Growth Partnership
He kai kei aku ringa, the Crown–Māori Economic Growth Partnership, provides a blueprint for a productive, innovative, and export-orientated Māori economy that will support better paying jobs and higher living standards.
He kai kei aku ringa means ‘providing food by my own hands’ and has become a metaphor for the resilience and economic self-determination of Māori.
MBIE and Te Puni Kōkiri are the lead agencies for delivering He kai kei aku ringa and supporting the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board.
There are a range of tools, support, regional and business networks and information to help Māori businesses thrive.
Māori Business Growth Support
Māori Business Growth Support helps Māori businesses to become established and grow. We provide information to those who are interested in setting up a new business and support existing businesses to plan their business growth pathway.
We connect you with other business growth agencies who will help you establish and grow your business. Māori Business Growth Support focuses primarily on Māori small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) that have a clear commercial focus.
Pacific Business Trust
The Government supports Pacific businesses to grow and innovate by funding the Pacific Business Trust (PBT), which provides business advice, information, support and education relating to Pacific business development.
We are increasing the capability and capacity of the Pacific Business Trust to expand the range of business services it delivers, and support industry and community economic development activities focused on growing Pacific businesses and job opportunities throughout Aotearoa and beyond.
He Tupu Ōhanga commercial advisors scheme
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment administers the He Tupu Ōhanga: Commercial Advisors Scheme. The He Tupu Ōhanga scheme supports initiatives that contribute towards achieving the goals and priorities in He kai kei aku ringa. Successful Māori collectives are funded up to $60,000 to work with a commercial advisor for up to 18 months.
Commercial advisors offer professional business advice and mentoring to collectives/coalitions that are working on a wide range of projects of commercial development, from initial options analyses and feasibility studies, through to business case development, strategic planning, or market analysis and expansion.
In 2019 we are encouraging collectives/coalitions to think about how they can prepare for a future economy that will look very different than it is today. These include new technologies, globalisation and demographic shifts, which will have impacts on the ways New Zealanders work and the jobs they do.
Kōkiri Māori business accelerator
Kōkiri is a Te Wananga o Aotearoa run Māori business accelerator programme dedicated to speeding up the development of early stage Māori-led businesses. Kōkiri is a values-based 4-month startup accelerator that supports 10 early stage Māori-led companies on a journey for business growth.
Developed for Māori, by Māori, Kōkiri is built upon a foundation of Kia angitu te tauira (founder success), and designed to strengthen founders which in turn strengthens their business.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Māori customer focus
As part of the Government’s commitment to Te Tiriti (the Treaty) and the economic development of Māori – Te Taurapa Tūhono (NZTE) has a specific focus on Māori companies and investment, and the implementation of the Māori-Crown Economic Growth Strategy, He kei kai aku ringa.
NZTE has developed a Māori strategy, that is implemented through its Te Pora Māori, or Māori Business Group, which works alongside NZTE’s Māori export and investment customers. This team has the specialist Māori commercial and cultural know-how and know-who to engage with a wide range of Māori companies. NZTE has a portfolio of 254 Māori export customers, including 52 F700 customers and three Focus coalitions.
NZTE will focus on working with Māori companies to increase the value of Māori exports year on year, and to increase the economic benefit to both Māori companies and to New Zealand from investment deals. Where Māori assets and capital are underutilised, NZTE’s Investment Way can assist in building the Māori investment story, helping Māori companies become investment ready and generating opportunities for Māori entities, particularly with underutilised land.
Māori agribusiness funds
The Ministry for Primary Industries Māori Agribusiness funds support projects that will sustainably increase the productivity of Māori-owned primary sector assets.
The Māori Agribusiness Pathway to Increased Productivity Programme – focuses on helping Māori landowners and agribusinesses to realise on-the-ground projects that will lead to increasing the productivity of their primary sector assets.
The Māori Agribusiness Extension Programme - focuses on providing shared, group learning opportunities to help Māori landowners or agribusinesses explore options for sustainable system changes.
Tupu Aotearoa and tupu Tai Internship programmes
Tupu Aotearoa is a government scheme that connects Pacific youth who are not in education, employment or training to career development and support services in their area. These services empower Pacific youth to find employment, and through work live prosperous and engaged lives.
Tupu Aotearoa funds services across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, recently expanding to Manawatū-Whanganui, the Bay of Plenty and Waikato in 2019. Expansion to the Hawke’s Bay, Otago and Southland regions is also on the way.
The TupuTai Pasifika Public Sector Summer Internship programme is an interagency government initiative that supports Pacific students to explore Policy career pathways within the public sector.
This is an opportunity for interns to gain policy experience in the public sector, build professional networks and support interns’ readiness to enter employment on completion of their studies. The programme also provides an opportunity for interns to share diverse Pacific perspectives on important policy issues that affect all New Zealanders.