Pakihi Māori – Māori Enterprise

Piki mai kake mai haere mai ki a mātou.

We recognise the value of Māori Enterprises and their contribution to Economic Development and Growth. We are here to tautoko you and your businesses to thrive.

We will advise when applications are open for the 2024-25 financial year.

Last updated: Wednesday, 3 July 2024 | Rāapa, 03 Hōngongoi, 2024

Ngāhere Foundation is a social enterprise in South Auckland that was established in 2018 which seeks to cultivate communities to enhance creativity and innovation by using collaborative spaces and co designed programmes.

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.

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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:

  • 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.
  • provides guidance and assistance to businesses about starting and running a business and employing and upskilling staff.

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