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.

  • 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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  • Ngāti Whakaue, Te Ohu Whai Ao Trust and World Indigenous Business Forum Planning Committee come together at Tamatekapua Marae, Ohinemutu, Rotorua to plan for the World Indigenous Business Forum in October 2018.

    Registrations open for World Indigenous Business Forum in Rotorua

    • Date: 26 February 2018

    Māori business leaders are encouraged to sign up for the 9th annual World Indigenous Business Forum as Rotorua gears up to host the international event.

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  • The Australian indigenous business delegation in New Zealand

    Te Puni Kōkiri hosts Australian indigenous business delegation

    • Date: 16 February 2018

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

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  • Photo by Josie McClutchie

    Whareponga Papakāinga - The Legacy of Materoa

    • Date: 20 December 2017

    It has been a long journey for Whareponga whānau but it is all worth it. A new papakāinga development is paving the way to bring life back to their homeland.

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  • Team ‘WAQ’ developed the anti-bullying watch which lets the wearer alert an adult anonymously when bullying strikes.

    Rangatahi taking on big business

    • Date: 16 November 2017

    Māori secondary school students have shown off their flair for entrepreneurship in a series of successful workshops that have recently wrapped up.

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