RNZ: Budget: Funding welcomed, but Māori business miss out

The government will spend $900 million on initiatives to support Māori to deal with the fall-out of Covid-19.

The package includes $400 million on Māori education, a $137 million boost to Whānau Ora, and $200 million on a Māori Employment Package targeted at the regions.

But Dr Matt Roskruge, a Māori senior lecturer in economics and finance, told RNZ Māori news correspondent Leigh-Marama McLachlan, that he expected more for Māori businesses.

Listen to the full interview on RNZ Checkpoint

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Bringing Māori values into the business world seems to be a winning formula.

The Māori economy is believed to be worth up to fifty billion dollars.  Six billion of that is iwi-owned post treaty settlement assets.  The rest is from small to medium sized Maori businesses and a flair for entrepreneurship.

Businesses range from traditional activities such as farming, foresty and fishing to health care and new high tech initiatives.

However, the businesses often have one thing in common, Māori values at the core of their business practice.

Senior business lecturer Dr Jason Mika of Massey University did his thesis on what makes Māori businesses stand out.

He says the companies he studied were proudly Māori and it was important to them to do business in a way that does no harm to people or the environment.

Read the full story on te au Māori News