Te Puni Kokiri

Te reo ka pīrangitia: Māori English

Te reo ka pīrangitia: Māori English

Te Whakatipu Pakihi Māori

Māori Business Growth Support is about helping Māori establish and grow their business. We do this by providing information, advice and brokering relationships.

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About Māori Business Growth Support

Māori Business Growth Support helps Māori businesses to become established and grow. We provide information to those who are interested in setting up a new business and support existing businesses to plan their business growth pathway. We connect you with other business growth agencies who will help you establish and grow your 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.

How we support Māori Businesses

The first step is to tell us a bit about you and your business or business idea. Completed registration forms can be emailed to your nearest regional office.

Te Puni Kōkiri supports Māori businesses through three channels:

  • Information provision and networking
  • Business growth assessment and planning
  • Business support services

Information Resources

There are a range of information resources freely available from other government website to help you build your knowledge of what is involved in being in business. These links will take you to those websites.

Running a business

Tairāwhiti-preneur Bobbi Morice and her Ruatoria Pies business.


Business fundamentals

Gaining nationally recognised business qualifications

Other business support services available to Māori businesses

Te Puni Kōkiri works in partnership with other agencies that provide business support services specifically for Māori businesses or for any business. Te Puni Kōkiri can assist Māori businesses to access these business support services or you can approach them directly. Eligibility criteria can be found on the websites for each of the services listed under the headings below.

Capability development

Poutama Trust

Provides advisory support and investment for business investigation, business training and business growth.

Te Tumu Paeroa

Provide land management services and training programmes for Māori land trustees (eg, financial skills for Māori land trustees).

Regional Business Partners

Nationally available advisory and referral service for capability development in business growth. Vouchers are available for training and services following assessment by a Regional Business Partner.



Advisory service, guides, templates, tools, workshops for businesses that are starting, building or focusing on exporting.

NZ Export Credit Office

Provides access to a range of products that help exporters mitigate repayment risk, secure export sales and access trade finance. An application fee applies.


Māori Women’s Development

Provides access to low-interest loans and a Timebank programme, which facilitates the exchange of skills, knowledge and time without money changing hands.

Work and Income

Provides access to finance for clients business start up costs.

Flexi-wage subsidy (work and income)

Provides a short-term wage subsidy to businesses wanting to hire a WINZ-nominated candidate for a role.


Callaghan Innovation

Access to expertise, services, facilities and funds in the fields of innovation (including a Māori Innovation Hub), technology and product development, research and development.

Te Pūnaha Hihiko Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund

Funds for the development of skilled individuals and organisations in research and innovation through two schemes:

  • Placement: builds research capability to benefit the Māori organisation hosting the placement and the research organisation or individual
  • Connect: builds skills, networks and capacity of Māori organisations or individual researchers

Te Pūnāha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund

The fund invests in initiatives that develop capability and contribute to achieving the goals and priorities in He Kai Kei Aku Ringa and the Business Growth Agenda for Māori collectives or coalitions of collectives through two schemes:

  • Commercial Advisor: professional business advice and mentoring to identify opportunities, begin new ventures or grow existing businesses and asset bases
  • Governance & Management Development Scheme: training in governance, management, strategic planning and other business skills


NZ Māori Tourism

Provides advisory services and general business information targeted to Māori tourism businesses.

There are a range of support services for initiatives in the primary sector. These are listed under the Whenua Māori Fund.

Māori business networks, and professional and industry associations

Active Māori business networks are listed below. If your local Māori business network is not included in the list, please contact your local Business Growth Advisor and provide details so the list can be updated.

Tāmaki Makaurau
Whāriki Māori Business Network

Te Humeka

Tauranga Māori Business Network

Te Tai Hauāuru

Te Manu Atatu Incorporated

Kapiti & Horowhenua
Te Rōpū Pakihi

Te Awe

Te Waipounamu

Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru (KUMA)

The professional and industry associations listed below also provide formal and informal support for members.

Our Māori Business Growth Strategy

Te Puni Kōkiri will invest in developing your capability and capacity to strengthen and grow your business. This is done through support from our regional offices and through investment to address identified business needs.

Our three strategic priorities for 2017 – 2020:

          • Priority 1: Improve the core business capability among Māori
          • Priority 2: Improve the connectedness of Māori businesses
          • Priority 3: Increase the number of sustainable, and growing, Māori businesses

Te Puni Kōkiri does not invest in your business by providing capital or operating funds, but we can help identify potential services and provide guidance to help you develop a comprehensive application for investment.

He kai kei aku ringa

Te Puni Kōkiri support for Māori business growth helps to achieve the Whai Pakihi goals of He kai kei aku ringa - the Crown-Māori Economic Growth Partnership and strategy.

He kai kei aku ringa has five goals (‘E rere’):

  • Employment – Whai Mahi - growing the future Māori workforce
  • Rangatahi – supporting Māori youth to define and lead their economic aspirations
  • Enterprise – Whai Pakihi - growing Māori enterprises - see He Tautoko I ngā Pakihi Māori : Support for Māori Business brochure
  • Regions – Rohe Tū Pakari - increasing Māori participation in regional economies
  • Education – Whai Matauranga - upskilling the Māori workforce

Visit E rere if you would like more information on He kai kei aku ringa and the five goals.

Getting in touch

Contact your regional Business Growth Advisor at the emails below:

To phone or visit a regional office click here.


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    • Date: 09 October 2018 to 12 October 2018

    A major international platform to showcase Māori business, engage Indigenous people in global economic discussions and leverage indigenous trade.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Te Ohu Whai Ao
  • The Australian indigenous business delegation in New Zealand

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    • Date: 16 February 2018

    Australian Indigenous and Māori business leaders realise they both face similar barriers.

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  • Te Hekenga III

    • Date: 14 February 2018 to 16 February 2018
    • Time: 14th Feb 5pm; 15 & 16 Feb: 8.30am – 14th Feb 8pm; 15 & 16 Feb 5pm

    National Maori Business Networks Conference bringing together network members; Maori businesses and expert advisers. Targeting new or intending businesses to share experiences and build network contacts of like minded people.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Mana Taiao Events Limited in association with Tauranga Maori Business Association
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    • Date: 21 December 2017 to 02 February 2018

    The Minister of Conservation is responsible for appointing members to Conservation Boards across Aotearoa New Zealand and is seeking nominations for membership.

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: Department of Conservation
  • MWDI Business Conference & Awards

    • Date: 07 December 2017

    Hine Mareikura is the MWDI Conference for Māori Business Women and their whānau.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Māori Women's Development Inc

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