Te Whakatipu Pakihi Māori

Enterprising whānau and thriving Māori businesses are critical to the wellbeing of our whānau, the development of our communities and rohe, and growth and resilience of our economy.

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COVID-19 support for Māori businesses

We understand it is a difficult time for Māori businesses with the arrival of the Delta COVID-19 strand to our shores. Below are links to key information to help you navigate the agency support available to you as a business owner:

  1. Keep yourself up to date with the latest COVID-19 news.
  2. Check out the financial support options for businesses.
    This webpage includes information on the wage subsidy for employees, a resurgence support payment for loss of income, and leave support for kaimahi that can’t work at home when self-isolating.
  3. Our kaimahi around the motu are ready to manaaki you.
    If you need support navigating your options, email maorienterprise@tpk.govt.nz and one of our kaimahi will respond within 24 hours.

Supporting Māori Enterprises to thrive

Te Puni Kōkiri supports Māori enterprises to thrive. Whether you are new to business, considering where to next, or poised to grow, we can connect you to information, advice, networks and support.

Information Resources

A range of resources are freely 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.

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.



The NZ Customs Service understand the significant contribution Māori businesses make to the New Zealand economy. They want to help Māori businesses protect their exports through the Secure Exports Scheme (SES).

SES can assist with increasing efficiency and decreasing the delays and expenses associated with exporting goods.

Visit the Customs website or send an email to learn more or register your interest in the SES.


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


NZ Māori Tourism

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

Primary Sector

There are a range of support services 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.

Māori business networks, and professional and industry associations

To update details for your local Māori business network, please contact us.


Whāriki Te Taitokerau

Tāmaki Makaurau

Whāriki Māori Business Network



Te Humeka


Tauranga Māori Business Association


Te Tai Hauāuru

He Tōronga Pakihi ki Taranaki

Te Manu Atatū

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.

Getting in touch

Contact your regional Business Growth Advisor using the email maorienterprise@tpk.govt.nz and one of our kaimahi will respond within 24 hours.


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