For Māori business

Māori businesses contribute approximately $26.6 billion to the New Zealand economy. This includes $20.8 billion from businesses of Māori employers and $5.4 billion from businesses of self-employed Māori (BERL report - The Asset Base, Income, Expenditure and GDP of the 2010 Māori Economy). Listed below are a range of networks, tools, support and information to assist all Māori businesses, both employers and those who are self-employed. These include regional networks, business specific networks, support and capacity building and information.

Regional networks


Federation of Māori Authorities


Te Humeka


Tairāwhiti Māori Business Network (email)



Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay Māori Business Network (email)


Te Manu Atatu Incorporated

Kapiti & Horowhenua

Te Rōpū Pakihi


Te Awe


Enterprise Waitaha


Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru (KUMA)

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Business specific networks

Ngā Aho - Design professionals

Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa – Māori Law Society

Te Ao Marama – the NZ Māori Dental Association

Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa – the Māori Medical Practitioners Association

Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa – National Māori Accountants Network

Ngā Pou Mana – Allied health professionals

Te Kāhui Atawhai o Te Motu – National Collective Iwi Māori Social Services

Ngā Ngauru Hauora o Aotearoa – National Māori Health Providers Association

Support and capacity building

In 2001 the asset base of the Māori economy was estimated to be worth $9.4 billion, this figure rose to $16.5 billion by 2006, and we now estimate it was worth at least $36.9 billion in 2010. The Māori asset base includes:

  • Businesses of Māori employers $20.8 billion
  • Other Māori entities $6.7 billion
  • Businesses of self-employed Māori $5.4 billion
  • Trust and incorporations $4 billion. (BERL report - The Asset Base, Income, Expenditure and GDP of the 2010 Māori Economy).

MBIE supports the development of the Māori economy through:

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund

Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund

He Tautoko i ngā Pakihi Māori Support for Māori Business

He kai kei aku ringa (HKKAR) has an updated resource aimed to support Māori business.

The He Tautoko i ngā Pakihi Māori Support for Māori Business brochure is developed to help Māori businesses understand the range of information, assistance and support available to them through government agencies and non-governmental organisations. It provides information for each stage of businesses - start up, developing, maximising export opportunities, and it also includes support and information for businesses in the primary and tech industries.

Please feel free to upload this document onto your organisational website.

Physical copies of the brochure can be posted to you free of charge. Request copies by email to or by calling the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment head office in Wellington on (04) 901 8604.

Te Puni Kōkiri

Māori Business Growth Support helps Māori businesses to become established and grow. Te Puni Kōkiri provides information to those who are interested in setting up a new business and supports existing businesses to plan their business growth pathway. Māori businesses can be connected with other business growth agencies to help them establish and grow the business. Māori Business Growth Support focuses primarily on Māori small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) that have a clear commercial focus. Our fundamental criteria is that the owner self-identifies as Māori and that the business is an independent entity based in New Zealand.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise - Provides a range of assistance for businesses.

Ministry for Primary Industries

Assistance for farming businesses, including the Sustainable Farming Fund.

Callaghan Innovation

Regional Partners


Tools and assistance for those in business or intending to start or manage a business.

Ministry of Culture and Heritage

Māori culture fund – by region

Creative NZ

Toi ake and Tohunga / Tukunga – aims to ensure a range of community cultural activities, projects, events and programmes are supported.

Department of Conservation

Mātauranga Kura Taiao Fund - to assist the use of traditional knowledge to manage biodiversity.

Ngā Whenua Rāhui - for the protection of indigenous ecosystems on Māori land.

Community Matters

Community Development scheme – to support iwi, hapū to become more self-reliant.

Community Internship programme – to enable iwi, hapū to fund interns.

Community Organisation Grants scheme – to assist iwi hapū to deliver community based social services.

Support for Volunteering fund - for iwi and hapū to support volunteers.

Youth worker training scheme – encourages the development of training opportunities for youth workers.

Marae heritage and facilities - for one off projects to improve marae facilities.

Housing New Zealand

Kāinga whenua loans - loans for individuals or land trust for Māori land.

Poutama Trust

Pūtea Kimihia - for businesses to investigate innovative ideas.

Pūtea Tipuranga - for businesses to purchase services or products to assist business growth.

Pūtea Whakaako - for businesses to gain relevant skills or management support.

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Te Kāhui Māngai – directory of iwi/hapū groups and national and urban Māori organisations/marae

Te Tumu Paeroa – the new Māori Trustee who work with owners of Māori land to protect and build their assets.

Māori Women’s Development Inc – to support the economic development of Māori women and whanau.

Poutama Trust – provides business development services to Māori.

Effective Governance – Te Puni Kōkiri provides information to help trustees and directors with their responsibilities and role as guardians and leaders.

Māori land online – a snapshot of current ownership, trustee, memorial and block information for land that falls within the jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court.

Marae fire safety - the Fire Service has Māori iwi liaison teams that provide advice and information regarding the fire safety of maraes.

Community resource kit - a guide for setting up and running community organisations.

Te Ratonga Whakamārama Putēa - Funding information service

The Icehouse – Supports Māori trusts and iwi organisations looking to navigate business growth with training, coaching and networks.