Whareroa Marae in Tauranga Moana was the setting for the meeting of the Māori committee of the Bay of Plenty Environment Regional council.
One presentation on the agenda was the recently unveiled regional Māori economic strategy, "He Mauriohooho".
According to the project, Māori assets in the area are worth more than $8 billion, and work to remove barriers to develop the Māori economy seems to be supported by iwi.
For one of the creators of the plan the goal is for the wider region to understand what the report is about.
There are six components to the Mauriohooho report.
Momentum is building for the plan to work, however educating the region is the first step.