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Iwi & Māori

Driving the Māori economy

He kai kei aku ringa – to be self-sufficient and responsible for the resources and capability you need to grow and develop. 

This whakataukī speaks to the Māori tradition of self-sufficiency and responsibility for their own development. In their rich history across Polynesia, Māori have always been traders and entrepreneurs. 

Tapping into this long-established entrepreneurial spirit is key to Māori economic development and elevating inter-generational well-being. 

The Māori economy is thriving and contributes significantly to the New Zealand economy each year.

Developing and nurturing the Māori economy creates opportunities to increase employment, improve Māori well-being, and achieve equity across Aotearoa New Zealand. 

We are passionate about supporting this growth through the provision of keen insights, policy recommendations, and strategy formulation. 

Sapere is well-connected to a range of Māori experts throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, that strategically complements our internal capability. 

What we do

We provide reports both in-house and in partnership with expert Māori partners. 

We conduct our mahi across a range of sectors of the Māori economy, including:

  • Food and beverage
  • Health
  • Construction
  • Infrastructure
  • Retail and hospitality.


We have also provided advice on a range of issues facing Māori, such as the impacts of Resource Management Act reform for Māori, Māori access to capital markets, and the impacts of COVID-19 on Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau. 


Examples of our work in the Māori economy

Strategies for elevating Māori economic outcomes in the following sectors:

  • Health
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Hospitality.

We have also completed work to understand the challenges and opportunities facing Māori food and beverage firms, providing advice on potential impacts on Māori from allocation decisions contained within RMA reform, and conducting research into Māori enterprises and issues related to access to capital.

Our highly regarded sector experts work alongside iwi and Māori leaders to provide trusted economic insights to inform investments while cultivating and nurturing new opportunities for growth.

Key contacts

David Moore

Toby Stevenson

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