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Government roadshow supports Māori small businesses

Posted on July 18, 2017

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Minister Louise Upston met with Māori business owners and operators in Kaitaia in June when the government’s Small Business Roadshow “Taking care of business” travelled to Kaitaia.

Ministers Te Uroroa Flavell and Louise Upston
Ministers Te Uroroa Flavell and Louise Upston

The purpose of the roadshow was to connect small businesses around the country with government services to support them in matters including meeting health and safety legislation, tax or ACC obligations.

Northland Inc GM Māori Economic Development George Riley said there were a lot of government services that businesses could tap into but they could sometimes be difficult to navigate.

The Māori economy is strong in many of the primary industries and large enterprises but supporting our people in small businesses is vital to growing the economy.

George Riley — GM Māori Economic Development, Northland Inc

The Kaitaia hui was well attended by Māori businesses from across the region. George said business owners were happy to share their experiences of how they had been supported by agencies such as Northland Inc, Callaghan Innovation and Te Puni Kokiri, as well as raising issues that face businesses in the Far North such as lack of digital service and infrastructure.

“The Māori economy is strong in many of the primary industries and large enterprises but supporting our people in small businesses is vital to growing the economy.”