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Māori economy

Rukuhia te wāhi ngaro, hei maunga tātai whetū.

Helping Māori businesses and entrepreneurs connect, innovate, commercialise, and grow faster, with practical support and guidance.

Who is the Māori Economy team and what are the benefits of working with them?

Callaghan Innovation’s Māori Economy team is a small group of passionate professionals who understand Māori businesses and see innovation as a crucial pathway to success for Māori. The team is there to tautoko your business, by connecting you to research and development (R&D) services, co-funding, opportunities and networks, to help you innovate, commercialise and grow faster.

E hara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

Who is the Māori Economy team for?

The Māori Economy team supports:

  • All entities, iwi organisations, land trusts, incorporations, businesses, and small-to-medium businesses, that self-identify as Māori.
  • Companies acquired by Māori as major shareholders

How does the Māori Economy team work?

The Māori Economy team connects businesses and innovators to relevant expertise within Callaghan Innovation that will help them with their specific business challenges and needs.

Callaghan Innovation also has Te Whare a Māui, the Māori Innovation Hub at our Gracefield Innovation Quarter in Lower Hutt. The hub is a shared working space for Māori businesses, with tools to help you collaborate and innovate. Read more about the hub here.

How can you work with the team and how much does it cost?

It’s free to access support from the Māori Economy team.

To get started or find out more, please contact the

Customer Support team



Pātaka Raraunga: Hub of Māori data, created by Callaghan Innovation in partnership with Figure.NZ. 


Māori Economy team in action

Customer stories

Callaghan Innovation’s Ray Simpkin

Sowing the seeds

From Ruatoria to the world – pharmaceutical firm Rua Bioscience is going public to help it take medicinal cannabis products global.

Read more about Sowing the seeds


It’s about whenua and whanau

Wakatū is a Māori family-owned business based in Te Tau Ihu (the top of the South Island). A business of land and sea, Wakatū has three parts: Manaaki, Whenua and Kono

Read more about It’s about whenua and whanau



Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Callaghan Innovation have teamed up with influential sector leaders to create and roll out Kōkiri

Read more about Kōkiri

Tradies using NZTG software

Taking tradies to the top

NZ Trade Group has developed a state-of-the-art tool to help tradespeople across Australasia make a success of their business.

Read more about Taking tradies to the top

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