The Bay of Connections Māori Economic Development strategy was officially launched in February 2014, the culmination of 18 months of collaboration across the region, with hundreds of people involved in its development.
The strategy, He Mauri Ohooho, has been developed under the Bay of Connections framework in partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri, and it strongly links with the national Māori Economic Development strategy, He kai kei aku ringa. He Mauri Ohooho is the first of its kind to be developed and launched in Aotearoa New Zealand. The research team comprised of experts from BERL, Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato and Tahana Limited.
Māori Economic Development is particularly important to the wider Bay of Plenty. The BERL situational analysis has demonstrated that Māori are already central to the economic development of the region, but there are also particular features of the regional Māori economy that are inhibitors to growth. To achieve its long-term potential, the wider Bay of Plenty economy must make the best use of all available resources. Māori can make an even more considerable contribution to the future growth of the region as they make up a large proportion of, and own a significant asset base across, key sectors in the wider Bay of Plenty economy, and comprise nearly half all of the young people in the region.
The strategy has six strategic priority areas – Strategic Leadership, Collective Asset Use, Business Networks, High Value Business Growth, Capital and Investment, and Education and Skill Development. The strategy has now moved into an implementation phase, with the establishment of a strategy Action Group, comprising iwi and business representatives from across the wider Bay of Plenty region.
The strategy can be downloaded from here