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.
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:
- Keep yourself up to date with the latest COVID-19 news.
- 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.
- Our kaimahi around the motu are ready to manaaki you.
If you need support navigating your options, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A range of resources are freely available online through government websites:
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.
Provides advisory support and investment for business investigation, business training and business growth.
Provide land management services and training programmes for Māori land trustees (eg, financial skills for Māori land trustees).
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.
Advisory service, guides, templates, tools, workshops for businesses that are starting, building or focusing on exporting.
Provides access to a range of products that help exporters mitigate repayment risk, secure export sales and access trade finance. An application fee applies.
Provides access to low-interest loans and a Timebank programme, which facilitates the exchange of skills, knowledge and time without money changing hands.
Provides access to finance for clients business start up costs.
Provides a short-term wage subsidy to businesses wanting to hire a WINZ-nominated candidate for a role.
Access to expertise, services, facilities and funds in the fields of innovation (including a Māori Innovation Hub), technology and product development, research and development.
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
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. 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.
Te Tai Hauāuru
He Tōronga Pakihi ki Taranaki
Te Manu Atatū
Kapiti & Horowhenua
Te Rōpū Pakihi
Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru (KUMA)
The professional and industry associations listed below also provide formal and informal support for members.
- Ngā Aho – Māori design professionals
- Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa – Māori Law Society
- Te Ao Marama – NZ Māori Dental Association
- Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa – Māori Medical Practitioners Association
- Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa – National Māori Accountants Network
- Ngā Pou Mana – Allied health professionals
- Te Kāhui Atawhai o Te Motu – National Collective Iwi Māori Social Services
- Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā – Māori Pharmacists’ Association Inc
Getting in touch
Contact your regional Business Growth Advisor using the email email@example.com and one of our kaimahi will respond within 24 hours.
Events and Updates
Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.
Wāhine Māori trans-tasman company 1Centre flourishing post-COVID
Miriana Lowrie’s trans-Tasman tech company 1Centre Ltd, is one of more than a hundred employers, who used Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships programme in 20/21 to improve their business and grow the careers of Māori cadets.
Support for Māori businesses through uncertain time
Minister for Māori Development Minister Jackson attended a webinar for Māori businesses hosted by NZ Māori Tourism last week to show his support during a difficult time for businesses.
Drive for Māori businesses to get bid-ready
Māori businesses from across the motu are gathering in towns from Kerikeri to Dunedin to hear what progressive procurement is and what it might mean for them.
Te Ōhanga Māori contributes to wellbeing data
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.
Thousands of Māori businesses revealed through research
More than 10,000 Māori businesses have been identified by new research - eight times more than previously reported.