22 Jun 2018

Māori business coaching gets $10m in govt support

1:31 pm on 22 June 2018

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta has launched a series of free business workshops to boost Māori business and entrepreneurship.

Nanaia Mahuta

Nanaia Mahuta Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Nanaia Mahuta made an announcement in Waikato this morning that 200 free workshops will be delivered across the country through the Pakihi business programme.

Around $10 million has been invested in the programme and Minister Mahuta said the government was committed to supporting Māori economic development opportunities, especially in the regions.

"It is critical that we invest in building our communities and the futures of our people, especially our rangatahi.

"Māori business growth and success is an exciting way to do that."

Māori businesses participating in Pakihi workshops will receive free one-on-one mentoring with a business coach, the minister said.

They will also get new skills, a growth plan and connections with other business support organisations and networking with other Māori businesses.

Pakihi will start next month and will be delivered by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa together with Māori business educators Aotahi and global accounting consultants Crowe Horwarth.