May 05, 2016
Researchers dig in to Maori economy
Politicians trumpet claims that the Maori economy is worth $40 billion, but Maori researchers say it’s hard to understand what that figure means.
Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga has identified whai rawa or the economy as one of its major research themes.
Theme leader Manuka Henare says the Maori research centre wants to encourage research from universities, polytechnics and tribal entities that will help Maori communities identify, explore and develop their economic opportunities and set their priorities for environmental, social and cultural investment.
He says while a lot is known about some of the larger tribal enterprises, there is a vast amount of activity where there is little data available.
"We are great exporters at the moment, certainly in the tribal system, but the other area of great growth is the hundreds of small enterprises started by Maori families, individuals, taxi drivers, owning shops, all these sorts of things, little businesses up and down the countryside. We don't have a good picture of that." Associate Professor Henare says.
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