Piki mai kake mai haere mai ki a mātou.
The Māori Enterprise team are here to tautoko you and your businesses to thrive.
Last updated: Tuesday, 21 November 2023 | Rātū, 21 Whiringa ā-rangi, 2023
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Ngā whare tautoko mō te waipuke | Flooding support
We understand this is a difficult time for Māori businesses with the arrival following the North Island floods.
Te Puni Kōkiri has well-established relationships with iwi, whānau, providers, NGOs, Central and Local Government agencies, providing information and support to whānau Māori.
We acknowledge there is a lot of information to absorb that will impact your business.
Our kaimahi are ready to maanaki you and connect your business to relevant agencies who are also able to support you.
Kia puāwai ngā hinonga Māori | Supporting Māori Enterprises to Thrive
We provide services, by Māori, for Māori and with Māori, to support the growth and sustainability of your business.
Our aim is to help Māori enterprises build their capacity and capability to ensure they are supported to thrive, in areas such as:
- Marketing and Sales
- Risk Assessment
- Digital Capability
Our kaimahi throughout the motu have regional knowledge and connections with their local Māori business networks that adds to our expertise and informs our advice.
To start increasing your businesses capability get in touch with us.
Te Kaitaonga Haere | Progressive procurement
Progressive procurement encourages government agencies to look beyond just price to the wider social, economic, and cultural value of diversifying their suppliers, starting with Māori businesses. Government agencies in Aotearoa New Zealand spend more than $51.5 billion on goods and services every year and Māori businesses are under-represented in that spend.
If you are a 50% Māori-owned registered business or classified by IRD as a Māori authority and interested in government contracts, you could benefit from our programme. We offer a range of support to help Māori businesses navigate government procurement processes, lift their capability if required and prepare Māori businesses for government procurement opportunities. Visit our page to learn more.
Hononga | Networking
Te Puni Kōkiri partners with other agencies to provide specific business support and supports you to connect with regional Māori business networks. Please see below for links to get in touch with your local networks.
Ngā hononga pakihi Māori | Māori business networks
Get in touch with your local network.
Te Taitokerau - Whāriki Te Taitokerau
Tāmaki Makaurau - Whāriki Māori Business Network
Hamilton - Te Hūmeka
Rotorua - Pakihi Ora
Tauranga -Tauranga Māori Business Association
Taranaki- He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki
Whanganui - Te Manu Atatū
Kapiti & Horowhenua - Te Rōpū Pakihi
Wellington - Te Awe
Otago/Southland - Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru (KUMA)
Ngā hoa kōtui | Partnership Agencies
Te Puni Kōkiri partners with other agencies to provide specific business support for Māori businesses. We can connect you with their services, or you can approach them directly.
Whakawhanaketanga | Developing Capability
- Poutama Trust – can provide advisory support and investment for business investigation, training and growth.
- Te Tumu Paeroa – provides land management services and training programmes for Māori land trustees.
- Regional Business Partners – a nationally available advisory and referral service for capability development in business growth.
Pūtea | Finance
- Māori Women’s Development – Provides access to low-interest loans and a Timebank programme, which encourages sharing skills, knowledge and time without money changing hands.
- Work and Income – Provides access to finance for clients business start up costs.
- Flexi-Wage Subsidy – Provides a short-term wage subsidy to business wanting to hire a candidate nominated by WINZ.
Hokohoko | Exporting
- NZ Customs Service – can assist Māori businesses to protect and develop their exports through the Secure Exports Scheme (SES). Visit the Customs website or send an email to learn more or register your interest in the SES.
- NZTE – provides advisory services, guides, templates, tools and workshops for business that are starting, developing or focusing on exporting.
Auahatanga | Innovation
- Callaghan Innovation – provides access to expertise, services, facilities and funds to support innovation, technology and product development, research and development.
Te Pūnaha Hihiko Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund – offers funding schemes to support the development of skilled individuals and organisations involved in research and innovation.
Tāpoi | Tourism
- NZ Māori Tourism – provides advisory services and general business information for Māori tourism businesses
Rāngai Matua | Primary Sector
A wide range of support services are available for initiatives in the primary sector. Te Puni Kōkiri offers support and guidance for Māori land owners, see Whenua Māori. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) also provide specific programmes to assist Māori land owners.
He rauemi anō | Other Resources
A range of resources are available online through government websites:
- Business.govt.nz provides tools and expert advice to help businesses succeed. It includes the Funding Explorer tool, to help you explore funding options that may be available to you.
- Connected.govt.nz provides guidance and assistance to businesses about starting and running a business and employing and upskilling staff.
Ō mātou kōrero | Our Stories
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