April 08, 2022
Māori authorities forge on despite Covid
Māori authorities have continued to flourish despite Covid-19 restrictions and impacts.
Stats NZ has reported on the almost 1500 authorities and subsidiaries that manage assets held in common ownership by Māori.
It found total sales rose in every quarter of 2020 and 2021 when compared with the same quarter of the previous year.
Māori business statistics manager Geraldine Duoba says around a quarter of Māori authorities are in the primary and goods-producing industries, which were considered essential and stayed open.
Milk powder, butter, and cheese made up 39 per cent of total exports by Māori authorities in the December 2021 quarter.
Many services industries also remained resilient, with sales in the health care and social assistance industry double in the December 2021 quarter than they were in the same quarter two years previously.
The growth is partly due to the involvement of Māori authorities in Covid-19 prevention measures, such as the vaccine rollout.
Rental and leasing of non-residential properties were also up.
The arts, recreation, and other services sector was hit hard in 2020, but bounced back last year.