Te Puni Kokiri

Language preference: Māori English

Language preference: Māori English

Te Puni Kōkiri works for Māori economic wealth to thrive through high performing people, assets and enterprises.

A thriving Māori economy will result in benefits for the wider New Zealand economy, including greater employment opportunities, higher incomes, and an expanded tax base.

Our work includes ways to unlock the potential of Māori assets and build economies of scale in primary production.

Māori land is administered under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and Te Puni Kōkiri works on ways to maximise the use of land under that system.

A report He kai kei aku ringa – The Crown-Māori Economic Growth Partnership (November 2012) outlined a vision for Māori Economic Development including six goals to achieve that vision. Te Puni Kōkiri works with Māori and other government agencies to implement that vision.

He kai kei aku ringa literally means to provide the food you need with your own hands. This sentiment guides our approach to support Māori develop and grow their resources.

Events and updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Meeting Strengthens Cooperation Between Indigenous Peoples

    • Date: 05 October 2016

    Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development, met with the Council of Indigenous Peoples, their counterparts from the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on September 5 in Wellington, to advance cooperation between both sides.

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  • Hemi Rolleston: Looking into the unknown

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    Interim Chief Executive at Callaghan Innovation, Hemi Rolleston, discusses the need to support Māori business leaders to pursue innovation and entrepreneurship.

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  • Photo: John Stevens (Hone Tipene) - Kōhatu Cookers - Photo courtesy of Fairfax Media NZ - Taranaki Daily News.

    Hāngī Cooker set for success in Australasia

    • Date: 31 August 2016

    Hone Tipene has adapted the traditional earth oven for a modern lifestyle. He now has a successful business with an expected growth of 150%.

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  • Minister Flavell is greeted at pōwhiri in Korea.

    Minister leads Māori business delegation to South Korea and Japan

    • Date: 05 July 2016

    Minister Te Ururoa Flavell led a Māori business delegation on a six-day Ministerial culture and trade mission to South Korea and Japan. 

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  • Guide to Te Ture Whenua Māori reforms

    This guide explains the important parts to the reforms of Te Ture Whenua Māori and what these changes mean for Māori land owners.

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