Primary export industries are working together to create career paths for Maori.
Representatives from 14 of the country's leading export industries recently met as part of the Government's Maori Economic Development plan.
The advisory group includes members of the Federated Farmers, NZ Oil and Gas, the Tourism Industry Association and Te Ohu Kaimoana.
Its chair, Peter Douglas, says some of these industries are hiring staff from overseas when there are many young Maori ready to work.
He says it's about finding those people and providing career pathways that don't leave them in low skilled, low waged occupations.
Another meeting will be held in September.