Unlocking whenua Māori

It is widely acknowledged that the development of the Māori economy is fundamental to achieving region-wide growth in the Bay of Plenty region which 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.

Although there are several operators/ supporters in the Whenua Māori development space, Toi Kai Rawa sees an ongoing demand and interest by Māori Land owners for support with identifying land use options for their blocks and assisting them to navigate with various agencies to unlock the possibilities and to realise their Māori Land aspirations, however any development needs to sit within a broader community development context for example with Kiwifruit development there will be significant strain on infrastructure and ability to access workforce.

Our Focus:

Toi Kai Rawa will look for opportunities to fund prototypes that will assist Māori communities to identify their aspirations and co creating an action plan to realise this potential.

Whenua Ora


aided Māori Land Trusts to apply for central government funding


led the Māori Land Utilization priority workstream within the regional growth programme


supported the development of a Kiwifruit cluster deployed by Tuhono Whenua Horticulture
Supported the development of the EBOP Dairy Cluster lead by Dr William McMillan


delivered five (5) consultation hui across the wider BOP

Our Partners

Kiwi Leaders
Te Awanui Huka Pak