19 Aug 2010

Maori business sector growing quickly, says accountant

8:43 am on 19 August 2010

Accounting firm Deloitte's new Maori partner says one of his first tasks will be to hire enough Maori accountants to deal with expected growth from the sector.

Leon Wijohn from Te Rarawa and Tuhoe says he moved to the global giant because many of his clients are outgrowing what he could provide through his own Auckland-based firm.

He told Waatea News that three years ago Maori businesses accounted for 2.2% of GDP, a figure that has risen to 4.89%.

In Auckland alone, Mr Wijohn said, 500 new Maori businesses are set up every year.