Nau mai haere mai ki te wāhanga tuaono ō te pakipūmeka mō te ‘Māori Economy’. Ko tēnei wāhanga e kōrero mō te ā mua o te Taiōhanga Māori.

Most Māori businesses have long-term plans. Not 10 or 20-year horizons, but multiple generations.

Nelson based Wakatū Incorporation, one of the country’s leading food and beverage exporters, has embedded Te Pae Tawhiti into the business. Te Pae Tawhiti, a rangatahi (youth) innovated 500-year plan that presides over everything Wakātu does as a business. Te Pae Tawhiti ingrains a collective responsibility within the business to build value over generations.

For Wakatū, ‘value’ means taking care of social, cultural and environmental needs as well as financial returns. It measures itself on positive outcomes for whānau, the taiao (environment) and hapori (communities).

“For me this whole shift about wellbeing, caring for our land is the real New Zealand now, and if we don’t start thinking about these things and if we don’t seriously think about this and make the radical changes it’s ours to lose. We’re only 5 million people, as a country if we can’t make a radical change and lead the world who can?” says Robotics Plus Founder/CEO, Steve Saunders.

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa mō te matakitaki i te wāhanga whakamutunga o tēnei pakipūmeka mō te Taiōhanga Māori. Ko mātou tūmanako kua ako koutou mō ngā hītori me ngā tīkanga me ngā uaratanga o ngā pakihi Māori.

Thank you for watching the final episode of this documentary. We hope it has it has provided some insight into the history, customs, and values of Maori businesses. The documentary was produced for Newsroom by Hinge Productions.

* Made with the support of NZ on Air *

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