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He Manukura - Insights from Māori frontier firms


Anaru Mill

Declan Millin

Date published

20 April 2021

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This report explores the opportunities and challenges facing Māori businesses in relation to innovating, growing and lifting productivity. It summarises the findings of in-depth interviews with 17 experienced iwi and Māori business people.

Discussions focused on the opportunities and challenges facing Māori businesses in relation to innovating and growing, and how they have grappled with these and other aspects of business productivity.

Most interviewees were involved with Māori entities managing collectively held assets. However a few were also owners and operators of their own businesses built around privately-owned assets, and world-class products and services.

This report is an important part of the evidence base for the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into New Zealand’s “frontier firms”. Frontier firms are the most productive firms in the economy, and the inquiry examined how their economic contribution can be maximised, through their own performance and the way they diffuse new technologies and business practices to other domestic firms.


He Manukura - Insights from Māori frontier firms


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