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  • Māori Business

Support for Māori Business in Aotearoa


At BDO, we understand that people, planet and profit drive Māori business above all else and so we tailor our support for Māori Business with this in mind. 

We understand that Māori business has to work in a way that is truly sustainable. It's not a choice - it's a necessity, driven by the fact that Māori assets are inherited by birth. Businesses cannot truly be sustainable unless they're looking after the environment around them, both in terms of the people and the planet they touch. This means we'll work alongside businesses to ensure each of the three pinnacles of Māori business are in balance, and that you are operating as sustainably as possible.

Nearly a third of all Māori businesses are owned by collectives, according to Westpac. While this is exciting, we also understand the difficulties it can cause. BDO provides support for Māori business allowing you  to work through differences of opinion in order to come to the best decision possible and ultimately keep to strategy.

Our offices are located throughout New Zealand, meaning we're there on the ground and know and understand the communities in which your business operates. Our work doesn't just end with a report; we help implement and offer advice for the whole business journey - and for Māori, this means life.

We work hard to help the Māori economy thrive in order to have a positive impact on the people who are part of it. The demographics are already changing - education is improving, and thanks to the cultural values held by Māori business, the improving Māori economy is already having a positive effect.

At BDO, we are dedicated to supporting Māori businesses, helping them to strive and achieve. We are part of the Iwi, we attend the births and the funerals and the weddings and truly get to know the people we work with. Here at BDO, we want to see not just the business develop and prosper, but also the Iwi, the Hapū and the Whānau around it.

BDO Supports Maori businesses at the Iwi level

As well as providing technical advice and support, integral to our work with Iwi business is the relationships we build. We'll help you decide where to go next with your business, to make the most profit possible while still ensuring sustainability for the people and planet around you.

We work with Hapū groups to ensure they get the most out of their land

 At BDO, we have a deep understanding of the complexities of running a land-based business. Our extensive knowledge of the Māori Land Act and Treaty Settlements stand us in a unique position to work with Hapū groups and ensure they get the most from their land.

Whānau-level businesses are our bread and butter

We understand that Whānau-level businesses often have cost constraints, and any accounting or taxation work we undertake for you will be done quickly and efficiently. We can also assist with funding, business mentoring and support, so that even the youngest entrepreneurs can see make their Whānau proud.

What funding is available for Maori businesses?

There are a number of organisations who can help grow your business or business idea depending where you are on your business journey. Find out more. 

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