Māori development gets over $18 million boost

Published: Oct 6, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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Māori development projects across the country will receive a total of $18.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) that will create infrastructure and permanent jobs.

Aerial view of Stewart Island.

Stewart Island is one of the areas being developed with visitor infrastructure including building tracks and shelters, a predator-proof fence, a new wharf and a building.

These projects will support economic development in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Tairāwhiti, Manawatū-Whanganui, Waikato and Southland to build the future prosperity of these communities.

Each aligns to the PGF post COVID-19 reset criteria to create jobs and get social and economic recovery underway via projects visible within regional communities.

More than 300 jobs, both immediate short-term and permanent, will be created across the regions through the investments, with more to be confirmed.

As part of the PGF reset we are investing in projects that grow Māori firms and Māori assets in sectors that will be core to the economic rebuild. We are also continuing to invest in projects that meet whenua Māori criteria such as increasing productivity on underutilised land blocks, announced in February this year.

The PGF is funding existing Māori regional businesses with capital investment to increase productivity, increase job numbers and allow businesses to invest in regional economic development initiatives like construction and infrastructure. This investment allows these businesses to diversify into other sectors and markets and grow the Māori asset base in the regions.

The funding announced today will help these Māori trusts and businesses to diversify, develop capabilities and create job opportunities within their communities. Many of these groups would not have received funding from commercial sources as their assets are on collectively owned Māori land.

See the full list of projects funded below.

Māori development projects funded

ProjectRecipientAmountJobs createdDescription
Poutama ki te taumata: Accelerating Māori enterprise development  Poutama Trust - National $5 million

To be confirmed

Partnership project with Poutama Trust to identify regional Māori business able to upscale.
Nga Whenua Whanui  Taumata Tirotiro - Northland $719,000 8 Land development on four Māori owned land blocks for a beef farm operation.
Pukerewa Station Development Project  Pukerewa ‘A’ Trust - Waikato $912,000 grant 7, and 2 long-term Install water reticulation, subdivide paddocks, and install fencing.
Food Production Hub Tuawhenua  Tuhoe Tuawhenua Trust (TTT) - Bay of Plenty $986,000 grant Up to 10 immediately, increasing to 25 by 2023 The building of a Food Production Hub in Ruatāhuna including processing, packaging and storage facilities for food products.
Te Haumanu o Te Kapua  Ngāti Pūkenga Investment Limited (NPI) - Bay of Plenty $3.9 million loan and $165,000 grant 16 and 13.5 long-term To develop underutilised Māori land into a 7ha Sungold™ kiwifruit orchard in Welcome Bay; restoration of 3ha of wetlands; restoration of a 2ha protected pā site.
Establishment of Miraka Hipi Dairy Platform  Onuku Māori Lands Trust - Bay of Plenty $549,000 loan 3 and seasonal jobs Conversion of a dairy operation to sheep milking.
Turanga Ngāhere - Collective Forestry Development Project Te Aitanga a Māhaki Trust - Tairāwhiti $971,158 10 and 170 long-term Land development to enable forestry plantations on 23 Māori Land Blocks, west of Gisborne.
Parera Station Development Proprietors of Marangairoa C4 - Tairāwhiti $495,838 10 and 2 long-term

Farm remediation to install fencing and establish crops and upgrades to campground.

E tu Tamanuhiri Maranga Maraetaha 2 sections 3 & 6 blocks Inc - Tairāwhiti $489,900 12  Land development on 460ha of underutilised land including fencing and water reticulation.
Harakeke Strawberry Farm development Ngā Wairiki - Ngāti Apa Developments Limited - Manawatū-Whanganui $1.62 million loan and $894,636 grant 25 for one year and up to 36 long-term by year 3 Develop a strawberry farm on a 5ha block of iwi land near Whanganui Prison.
Rakiura Oneki Southern Wildnerness Experience Rakiura Māori Lands Trust - Southland, Stewart Island $1.23 million loan and $950,000 grant 30 Develop visitor infrastructure including building tracks and shelters, a predator-proof fence, a new wharf and a building.