Northland iwi set to benefit from Māori development business program

By Harata Brown
  • Northland

Aspiring business majors in Te Tai Tokerau are set to benefit from a Māori development business programme.

Incoming student Anaru Kaipo says he believes the programme will help his Ngāpuhi people prepare for the post-Treaty Settlement environment.

“I believe this programme will help us obtain the skills necessary for Māori and iwi economic development, an area where Ngāpuhi is moving towards in coming years,” says Kaipo. 

Kaipo is one of many current and future Tai Tokerau leaders who have lined up to take on The Post Graduate Diploma in Business in Māori Development programme.

The programme has only been available in Auckland for the past few years, with local demand now seeing it return to the north.

The University of Auckland will deliver the course over two years at the new Waitangi Museum.

“This is something to benefit our families, subtribes and tribes. And yes, it was them who told me to come on board and join," says Kaipo.   

Rereata Makiha, a representative from The University of Auckland and a former alumni of the programme says, “This will enable our whānau to return home, to establish their own businesses or perhaps manage their whanau trusts and their local rūnanga.  

Since 1993, more than 250 students have graduated from the programme and gone on to become iwi and Māori leaders, executives, entrepreneurs and managers.

Makiha says, “This programme enables our grandchildren to go on to strive in any area of work, anywhere in the world."  

Leading Māori Business Academic Manuka Henare will teach the first paper, which explores traditional Māori society and economy.