Maori & Indigenous business

Research in this field focuses on how Maori and Indigenous entrepreneurs balance cultural and commercial imperatives in business.

Specific funded research projects relate to agribusiness, the marine economy, entrepreneurial ecosystems, business networks, senior entrepreneurship, regional Indigenous entrepreneurship, tribal governance, and non-Indigenous organisations.


Professor Chellie Spiller and Associate Professor Jason Mika significantly contributed to the report 'Te Nahi o te Taniwha, The Teeth of the Taniwha: Exploring Present-Future Pathways for Whānau-Hapū in Maori Economies of Wellbeing.'

The report is an output from the major research project 'He oranga whānau: mahi ngātahi Whānau livelihoods within the context of work and Māori economies of wellbeing', which has been funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga—the New Zealand Māori Centre of Research Excellence. To read the report, click here.

Associate Professor Maree Roche has many areas of expertise, and was a co-author of the report 'A Kaupapa Maori approach to Human Resource Management practices in Aotearoa workplaces.' To read the report, click here.

Recent news

Associate Professor Jason Mika took part in an Indigenous business scholars panel in June 2022 for the 40th anniversary of the Beedie Business School in Canada.

Read more here about Dr Jason Mika's involvement with the NZ-UK Free Trade Agreement.