Enable a step change for Māori and Pacific economies

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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. 

More information

https://tearawhiti.govt.nz(external link)

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.

More information

https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/whenua-maori(external link)

https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/land-and-environment/whenua-maori-fund(external link)

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.

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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. 

More information

https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/maori-business-growth-support(external link)

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.

More information

https://www.mpp.govt.nz/employment-and-entrepreneurship/pacific-business-trust/(external link)

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.

More information

https://www.nzte.govt.nz/our-services(external link)

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.

More information

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-and-programmes/maori-in-the-primary-industries/maori-agribusiness/(external link)

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.

More information

https://www.mpp.govt.nz/what-we-do/tupu-aotearoa/(external link)