Maori economy study: One trough to study another trough

New research wants to determine how to turn the strength of the Maori economy into a better standard of living for all Maori people.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment figures estimate Maori enterprise is worth nearly $40 billion, and growing faster than the economy as a whole.

Iwi-controlled post-settlement assets are worth about $6b and that is expected to double in a decade.

Many iwi have social development and cultural arms alongside their economic development entities. Maori entrepreneurs and small businesses are also driving economic growth.

“It is great to see Maori benefiting from this development, but some are missing out, so we need to better understand how to advance so that the benefits are widely shared,” said Rachel Wolfgramm, a senior lecturer in management and international business at the University of Auckland Business School.

So.  How much to study all this then?

The research is funded by a grant of $499,877 over three years from Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, New Zealand’s Maori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funded by the Tertiary Education Commission and hosted by The University of Auckland.



She said people involved in trustee roles in Treaty settlements wanted to make sure they got it right.

“There’s a real sense of burden and responsibility about making sure they make good decisions, an awareness they are actors in this historic moment. Iwi with recent or imminent settlements can benefit from the precedent set by Ngai Tahu, Ngati Whatua, Ngati Kahungunu and others. Are there broad principles that could be applied across different settings that could help people make good choices?”

I’m sure half a million bucks will ease the sense of burden for at least the two ladies doing the ‘research’.


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