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At CEDA, we support Māori businesses and entrepreneurs in the Manawatū-Whanganui region to grow and prosper.

We have a dedicated Māori Business Growth Advisor who will, in partnership with Te Manu Atatu, connect small to medium-sized businesses with support and resources following registration with Regional Business Partners, a programme free to all businesses.

Our dedicated Māori Business Growth Advisor will contact you to organise a confidential ‘Discovery Session’ to discuss your business goals, growth plans, challenges, and opportunities. The Māori Business Growth Advisor will then work with you to formulate an action plan for achieving your goals and connect you to the support required.

See the below for support organisations and development opportunities that may be able to connect with either now or in the future.

Start Up Phase


Pakihi is an initiative supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) – offering a free, online short course that enables whānau to realise their potential in business register here.

Māori Business Networks

Business Networks are a fantastic way to meet and share experiences with other Māori entrepreneurs and professionals. Click here for links to Māori Business Networks across Te Tai Hauauru.


Many Iwi offer support opportunities for business and education opportunities.
Click here for – Te Kāhui Māngai – Directory of Iwi and Māori Organisations

Māori Women’s Development Inc

Māori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) is a unique, indigenous, financial institution. That supports Wāhine Māori, for the economic development of Wāhine, Māori, and their whānau. They provide micro-loans, business coaching, and financial capability programmes.

They also provide loans to Māori women and their whānau to enable and assist them to enter into and commence business and/or to expand and restructure their existing businesses.

Click here for further information on their loans

Grow Phase

Poutama Trust

Poutama is an independent charitable trust that provides business development services to Māori. Potama focuses on providing an environment for successful business ventures and economic growth for Māori. Income generated from its investments enables Potama to engage in activities and provide services that support and facilitate Māori business development.

Find out more here.

Pūtea Whakawhanake Pakihi Māori – Māori Business Development Investment

The Business Development Investment (BDI) enables businesses to investigate innovative ideas to help consolidate and grow.  The BDI can assist with the purchase of products and/or services that will help strengthen a business. BDI can also support business owners and employees to upskill.
Click here for further information, conditions and criteria, and to apply online

Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development, is central government’s principal advisor Maori. Their Pakihi Māori – Māori Enterprise team are focused on supporting you and your business to thrive. With services designed by Māori, for Māori.

Find out more about the support available for Māori enterprise here.

Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetship

Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships programme supports employers developing cadets for at least six months, in permanent jobs. Employers can receive up to $10,000 for each cadet, provided they must commit to their structured and tailored mentoring, training and development.

Click here for further information, conditions and criteria, and application form

Get in touch

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Get in touch with a Business Growth Advisor

As a first step, we’ll need you to Make a Business Enquiry with our team. Get started via the button below and one of our Business team members will be in touch.

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