Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a few frequently asked questions that may help people understand the work of Te Kupenga - the Māori Economic Development Unit.
01 What is 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. CLICK here to learn more
02 How does the Māori Economic Development Unit fit into MBIE?
03 Does Te Kupenga manage the Provincial Growth Fund ?
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is managed by the Provincial Growth Unit, not Te Kupenga . However, we recommend people considering making a PGF application, perhaps consider Pakihi workshops, Te Hopu Ōranga Commercial Advisers Scheme and the upcoming regional business workshops.
04 Who are the key stakeholders involved in he kai kei aku ringa?
The government agency partners are Te Puni Kokiri, NZ Trade & Enterprise, Ministry of Primary Industries, Callaghan Innovation and The Treasury.
05 What is the Māori Innovation Fund?
The Māori Innovation Fund funds initiatives to assist Māori to grow businesses and enterprise for overall economic benefit. Details of some of the programmes funded by the Māori Innovation Fund can be found HERE..
06 Is there any support for Māori start up businesses?
There are a number of sources for Māori business start up support.We have MIF funded programmes like Pakihi workshops, He tupu Ōhanga., Commercial Advisors Scheme and the impending regional business workshops that are manged by Te Kupenga, but we strongly recommend biz.govt.nz as a starting point. Also, there is helpful information through Te Puni Kokiri's Business Growth Support.