Māori & Indigenous business

Research in this field focuses on how Māori 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.

Ko Ranginui e tu iho nei, ko Papatūānuku e takoto nei

nā te pō, te kore, ki te wheiao, ki te ao mārama, tīhei mauri ora

Ko te wānanga o Te Raupapa e mihi atu nei

te mauri ka tau, te mana ka tū, te aroha ka hora

Haumi ē, hui ē, tāiki ē!

With the sky above and the earth below

from the darkness, the nothingness to the world of light,

I sneeze, it is the breath of life

Te Raupapa greets you

Let wellness, dignity and compassion flow

Together, let it be so!

Professor Chellie Spiller and Associate Professor Jason Mika significantly contributed to the report 'Te Niho 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.

Professor Chellie Spiller and Associate Professor Jason Mika were involved with an article released in the Spinoff, that related to their Nga Pae Maori Wellbeing Economies research project. The article is entitled 'Can the rising tide of a ‘taniwha’ economy lift the boats of all Māori?'

To read the article, click here.

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

To read the report, click here.

Associate Professor Jason Mika, alongside Cerasela Stancu from EnviroStrat, recently delivered a webinar on financing restorative marine economies for the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.

The webinar was entitled 'Insights from NZ finance and investment experts.'

To learn more about the research behind this webinar, and to watch the webinar itself, click on the image or here.

Associate Professor Jason Mika was also one of the speakers who presented in a United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) webinar in November 2022.  The webinar was entitled 'Climate responsible trade and investment for sustainable development,'  with Jason specifically covering the topic 'Kiwi-style responsible trade and investment.'

To watch this webinar, 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.