Business & Māori Enterprise
can be transformational for Māori
MBIE’s Māori Economic Development Advisory Board (MEDAB) is so impressed and inspired with the pioneering work carried out by the Southern Initiative (TSI) in social procurement, it is heralding it, to demonstrate how transformational social procurement can be for Māori
“The annual government procurement spend is $41 Billion. We believe that if a greater portion of this went towards Māori businesses, it would be an enormous lever for Māori economic growth,” Chair Robin Hapi told the recent export symposium hosted by Ngāti Kahungunu.
TSI in Auckland is showing how a social procurement policy can work to help groups that often miss out on big contracts.
HE KAI KEI AKU RINGA
The whakatauaki, He kai kei aku ringa was adapted by the Māori Economic Development panel in 2012 and provided a vision and Crown-Maori led strategy for a productive, innovative, and sustainable Māori economy driven by whānau and Māori Inc. He kai kei aku ringa describes ‘providing food by our own hands’ and is a metaphor for the resilience and economic self-determination of Māori people.
ERERE is the name given to the action plan for He kai kei aku ringa and represents five pou or structures that work together to support Māori economic development. These pou are:
· Employment – Whai Mahi - growing the future Māori workforce
· Rangatahi – supporting Māori youth to define and lead their economic aspirations
· Enterprise – Whai Pakihi- growing Māori enterprises
· Regions – Rohe Tū Pakari - increasing Māori participation in regional economies
· Education – Whai Mātauranga - developing a highly skilled Māori workforce
E RERE as a verb, means ‘to leap, run, fly - to take action, elevate'