Thriving Māori Businesses

One third of the Māori economy sits within the wider Bay of Plenty and part of that is our growing Māori business sector.

Toi Kai Rawa Trust’s strategic priority in this area is to energise and mobilise the growing Māori Business network in the wider Bay of Plenty.

Our Focus:

  • Identify, connect and enable the Māori Business ecosystem
  • Government Procurement opportunities – Mobilising the Māori business network to take on these opportunities
  • Promote a circular economy – surviving and thriving in a post covid-19/ recession environment
  • Accelerate the connection of Māori Business, Māori collectives, SME/ Mid-market and Iwi, PSGE’s to explore investing in, being suppliers to or developing fit for purpose consortia for opportunities (e.g. in social procurement)


formation of the first Māori Start up weekend in the BOP
five (5) new business concepts explored


with more than 50 organisations


more than seven (7) projects delivered in the Pākihi space


six (6) events supported total reach of 150 Māori businesses

Māori Business is Whānau Business

Māori business plays a key role in ensuring the social, cultural, spiritual, and economic wellbeing of our whānau and communities.

Māori people come from a long line of ancestors who were innovators, entrepreneurs, experts and knowledge holders therefore Māori enterprise is a natural path for our people. It is about more than just commercial success, it is about self-determination, it is about wealth in its widest metaphorical and physical forms.

Māori business is whānau business so if we want to see flourishing whānau in our region, we need to see how we can better support our Māori business sector in this region. Toi Kai Rawa is setting out to do this by focussing on Māori Business Capability Support, Māori Business Network Mobilisation, Mentoring Programme Development and Social Procurement.

Our Projects