19 Jun 2014

Maori businesses 'need to connect'

7:00 pm on 19 June 2014

The Auckland Council tourism body says Maori entrepreneurs and businesses are missing opportunities to connect.

Nearly 100 Maori business representatives attended a hui in Auckland on Wednesday for the council's inaugural Maori Economic Growth Forum.

Chief executive of the tourism body, ATEED, Brett O'Riley said there was a real energy amongst Maori entrepreneurs and businesses, but opportunities were being missed.

He said there were a lot of programmes available out there, but not great co-ordination between them.

Mr O'Riley said ATEED can help co-ordinate between agencies, the private sector and Maori trusts.