Māori Business Growth Support

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

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.


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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Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Thousands of Māori businesses revealed through research

    • Date: 16 November 2020

    More than 10,000 Māori businesses have been identified by new research - eight times more than previously reported.

    Read more

  • Wāhine Māori businesses build digital footprint to survive and thrive

    • Date: 28 October 2020

    Māori women in business are getting a helping hand to grow their online presence so they can strengthen their business resilience through the pandemic uncertainty.

    Read more

  • New app aims to revolutionise seasonal work

    • Date: 22 July 2020

    Māori tech business Jobloads pivoted its original business during lockdown and has just developed a digital solution that connects pre-verified workers with horticulture industry jobs.

    Read more

  • Consultation on undersea feature names

    • Date: 02 June 2020 to 02 July 2020

    The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa is inviting submissions on proposals to alter three undersea feature names

    Read more

    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa
  • Consultation on undersea feature names

    • Date: 02 June 2020 to 02 July 2020

    The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa is inviting submissions on proposals to alter three undersea feature names

    Read more

    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa

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