Māori Business Growth Support

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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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.

To find out how we can help support your business, contact your regional Business Enterprise team.

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.



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.


Taitokerau Māori Business Network

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 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.

  • Te Ōhanga Māori contributes to wellbeing data

    • Date: 28 January 2021

    A new report on the size and scope of the Māori economy will contribute to Māori wellbeing by continuing to build the picture of Māori employment, economic activity and assets.

    Read more

  • 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

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