October 12, 2022
Farms, fish, forests and robots on Māori trade agenda
One of the organisers of yesterday’s Te Taumata trade hui at Parliament says there was a welcome focus on what young Māori business people are doing.
Dale Stephens, the director of Māori partnerships with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, says while there remains a focus on farming, fishing and forests, many young Māori entrepreneurs have a more urban focus.
“Yes, we’ve got some good, established Māori businesses plying their trade around the world. How do we now bring that next generation through? What sectors are they looking to excel in and how do we support them? So we’re looking at gaming companies, technology companies, robotics companies, all new stuff Māori are starting to excel in, so it was a really interesting day,” he says.
Mr Stephens says in the traditional three Fs, Māori leaders and investors are looking at ways to add value and create new products.