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Māori and Pasifika economic development

We’re committed to supporting Māori and Pasifika economic development with targeted and effective research.

Māori and Pasifika economic development has been identified as a key domestic driver of the New Zealand economy over the next decade. The Māori economy alone is estimated to be worth over $50 billion, while Pasifika individuals and businesses contribute $8 billion to New Zealand’s annual Gross Domestic Product with approximately 1,500 Pasifika business employers currently operating in New Zealand.

It’s important that Māori and Pasifika economic development in New Zealand is supported by research that enables Māori and Pasifika businesses and individuals to thrive in the local and global economy. Wellington School of Business and Government conducts research with this aim.

Featured research

Jesse Pirini

How are Māori businesses, especially those that are iwi and hapū based, different from more traditional Western-style businesses? Dr Jesse Pirini explains.

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Riri Ellis