A major business hui has been told Maori export enterprises need to work together if they want to make more money.
The chief economist at the economics consultancy Berl, Ganesh Nana, addressed the annual meeting of the Federation of Maori Authorities in Tauranga at the weekend.
He told delegates that greater collaboration between iwi in their export sector would ensure products are produced, processed and marketed, which would add value to tribal businesses and improve returns.
Mr Nana says there are very many small holdings of land within the agriculture sector that have questionable economic productivity.
"Those need to be activated and somehow moved into a management and governance structure that will enable them to be together with other holdings, so that they start producing products at an economically viable level."