Background

Toi Kai Rawa Trust is a regional Māori economic development Agency working across the wider Bay of Plenty and was officially incorporated under the Charitable Trust Act 1957 on the 8th day of January 2020.

The Māori economy is both significant and fundamental to achieving sustainable region-wide growth in the Bay of Plenty (Bay of Plenty Regional Action Plan, 2015). This is due to the large (up to 1/3rd) proportion of the Māori asset base (mostly underutilised land) in the region and the significant participation of Māori in key land-based industries such as forestry, dairy, sheep and cattle farming, horticulture and aquaculture, together with the youthful Māori population in the region.

Over 40,000 new jobs are expected in the region by 2050 and it is essential that our people are prepared.

To meet workforce demand now and in the future it is essential we mobilise the young Māori population on scale and into pathways that lead to higher value jobs and self-employment. This will not only increase household incomes and strengthen families it will drive a combination of GDP growth, equity and social cohesion, which in turn will foster a strong and resilient regional economy.

Our Māori STEAM Strategy is our regional Māori capability building plan which sets out strategic priorities that aims to accelerate Māori into high value opportunities in education, training and employment.

Download our STEAM Strategy here