The transfer of assets from Treaty of Waitangi settlements continues to enhance the platform for iwi economic evelopment. As partners with the Crown, there are numerous opportunities to deliver positive impact to Māori in Te Upoko o Te Ika. Alongside iwi, Māori businesses and collectives also have a critical role as vehicles to generate sustainable growth through effective utilisation of Māori assets and people in ways that are consistent with te ao Māori. Existing Māori SME’s and entrepreneurs need targeted support and new clear pathways to rapidly expand the next generation of young Māori entrepreneurs.
|Sr. No.||Key actions||Timeframes|
|1||Establish greater regional social procurement capacity and processes to facilitate Māori job creation.||1–3yrs|
|2||Promote Māori ‘Business to Rangatahi’ networks to encourage rangatahi to learn about business and enterprise and connect with local Māori operators||1–3yrs|
|3||Empower Māori business networks to deliver value to their members||1–3yrs|
|4||Develop a more cohesive Māori business support service to nurture and grow Māoripreneurship||1–3yrs|
|5||Develop and support key Māori industry strategies for the region, starting with Tourism and IT/Technology||1–3yrs|
Drivers and enablers: Māori business networks, iwi, Māori businesses and organisations, Chamber of Commerce, Wellington NZ, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE), Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Te Puni Kōkiri, Wellington Region FOMA, Māori Womens’ Development Inc.
Minimum of 3% total contracts by local and central government across the region are held by Māori businesses
50% of all Māori businesses are connecting with rangatahi either via internships, work experience, mentoring
Sustainable funding established for all active Māori business networks across the region
All iwi have management plans of their own making and have working relationships across sectors and industries to enable achievement
Sustainable pathways for successful Māori business startups and entrepreneurs established
Sustainable funding for Māori economic development with successful collaborations across local and central government
Māori strategies in place and operating for tourism and IT/Technology