Supporting Māori business
There are a range of tools, support and information to help Māori businesses grow their capacity including regional and business-specific networks.
Waikato - Te Humeka(external link)
Gisborne - Tairāwhiti Māori Business Network (email)
Rotorua - Takiwai(external link)
Hawke’s Bay - Hawke’s Bay Māori Business Network (email)
Whanganui - Te Manu Atatu Incorporated(external link)
Kapiti & Horowhenua - Te Rōpū Pakihi(external link)
Wellington - Te Awe(external link)
Canterbury - Enterprise Waitaha(external link)
Otago/Southland - Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru (KUMA)(external link)
Business specific networks
Ngā Aho(external link) - Design professionals
Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa(external link) – National Māori Accountants Network
Ngā Ngauru Hauora o Aotearoa(external link) – National Māori Health Providers Association
Ngā Pou Mana(external link) – Allied health professionals
Te Ao Marama(external link) – the NZ Māori Dental Association
Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa(external link) – Māori Law Society
Te Kāhui Atawhai o Te Motu(external link) – National Collective Iwi Māori Social Services
Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa(external link) – the Māori Medical Practitioners Association
Support and capacity building
Business.govt(external link) has tools and assistance for those in business or intending to start or manage a business.
Callaghan Innovation(external link) supports business to be innovative.
Community Development scheme(external link) supports iwi, hapū to become more self-reliant.
Community Internship programme(external link) enables iwi, hapū to fund interns.
Community Organisation Grants scheme(external link) helps iwi hapū to deliver community-based social services.
Kāinga whenua loans(external link) and available from Housing New Zealand's for individuals or land trusts to purchase Māori land.
Māori Business Growth Support(external link) is run by Te Puni Kōkiri. It helps Māori businesses to become established and grow. It is focused primarily on Māori small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that have a clear commercial focus. Its fundamental criteria is the owner self-identifies as Māori and that the business is an independent entity based in New Zealand. Māori businesses can be connected with other business growth agencies to help them establish and grow the business.
Mātauranga Kura Taiao Fund(external link) is administered by the Department of Conservation to encourage the use of traditional knowledge to manage biodiversity.
Ministry of Culture and Heritage's website(external link) has potential sources of funding for arts, culture and heritage activities.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise(external link) provides a range of assistance for businesses.
Ngā Whenua Rāhui(external link) protects indigenous ecosystems on Māori land.
Oranga Marae(external link) is a new fund jointly administered by NZ Lotteries and Te Puni Kōkiri with wide scope and flexibility in its funding criteria.
Poutama Trust(external link) has 3 funds:
- Pūtea Kimihia is for businesses to investigate innovative ideas.
- Pūtea Tipuranga is for businesses to purchase services or products to help business growth.
- Pūtea Whakaako is for businesses to gain relevant skills or management support.
Support for Volunteering fund(external link) is for iwi and hapū to support volunteers.
Sustainable Farming Fund(external link) is administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries to help farming businesses. The Ministry has other funds as well.
Youth worker training scheme(external link) encourages the development of training opportunities for youth workers.
Community resource kit(external link) - a guide for setting up and running community organisations.
Effective Governance(external link) – Te Puni Kōkiri provides information to help trustees and directors with their responsibilities and role as guardians and leaders.
Māori land online(external link) – a snapshot of current ownership, trustee, memorial and block information for land that falls within the jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court.
Māori Women’s Development Inc(external link) – to support the economic development of Māori women and whanau.
Marae fire safety(external link) - the Fire Service has Māori iwi liaison teams that provide advice and information regarding the fire safety of maraes.
Poutama Trust(external link) – provides business development services to Māori.
Te Kāhui Māngai(external link) – directory of iwi/hapū groups and national and urban Māori organisations/marae
Te Ratonga Whakamārama Putēa(external link) - funding information service
Te Tumu Paeroa(external link) – the new Māori Trustee who work with owners of Māori land to protect and build their assets.
The Icehouse(external link) – supports Māori trusts and iwi organisations looking to navigate business growth with training, coaching and networks.