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.

  • Harvesting manuka trees at Maungaroa Station, Te Kaha, Bay of Plenty.

    Developing Māori leaders in an emerging market on their own land

    • Date: 27 June 2018

    New Zealand Manuka Group is a medium-sized Whakatāne-based primary industry business operating in partnership with Māori land owners in the Bay of Plenty to produce manuka oil straight from manuka trees being grown on Māori owned land.

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  • Brenda Tahi making a cuppa at home.

    Honeys of Te Urewera only the start

    • Date: 26 June 2018

    Every morning, Brenda Tahi wakes up in the valley of Ruatāhuna, and pours herself a hot cup of lime and honey sourced from the pristine Te Urewera forest that surrounds her home.

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  • A man on a mission to bring people together

    • Date: 17 May 2018

    Standing up from his seat, Toko Kapea pulls out a map and holds it up high, letting the sheet unfold and roll down to the ground, revealing the Te Tai Hauāuru region.

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  • Andrew Kendall, Te Puna Tōpu o Hokianga Trust

    Keeping Mitimiti going one tree at a time

    • Date: 17 May 2018

    Just down the road from the small settlement of Mitimiti in Northland, you can hear the buzz of trucks and logging machines working the pine trees.

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  • Pacific Training Workshop: An opportunity for indigenous collaboration

    • Date: 03 April 2018

    "We are looking for people with an interest in influencing international decisions on the environment; and joining a network of indigenous environmental monitors", says Tui Shortland, co-host of the Pacific Regional Training workshop on traditional knowledge.

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