26 Jul 2013

Hui examines Maori business going global

8:02 pm on 26 July 2013

Nearly 200 money-minded Maori have gathered in Wellington to discuss ways to make the most of economic opportunities overseas.

The two-day conference is the ninth annual hui run by the National Maori Accountants Network, Nga Kaitatau Maori o Aotearoa.

The network estimates the Maori economy is worth $37 billion. On Friday the korero was based around whether Maori incorporation should go global.

Its kaumatua, Philip Tane of Ngapuhi, says iwi such as Ngati Whatua, Tainui and Ngai Tahu are already looking overseas to improve their economic base.

Mr Tane says while Maori are good at forming relationships with people, such as the Chinese, there are risks that they need to be aware of.

Friday night's panel discussion examined whether the Government is doing enough to help Maori business go global.

Panellists include Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples, Mana Party leader Hone Harawira and Labour's Maori Affairs spokesperson Shane Jones.