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?

Te Kupenga, the Māori Economic Development Unit sits within the Strategic Policy & Programme group of MBIE.

Te Kupenga is responsible for leading, in collaboration with other agencies and other parts of MBIE, the Crown response to He kai kei aku ringa - the Crown-Māori Economic Growth Partnership.

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 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 as a starting point. Also, there is helpful information through Te Puni Kokiri's Business Growth Support.

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