Maori business less dependent on govt

Finance Minster Bill English says Maori  economic development is becoming less dependent on government.

Mr English said the Government is becoming less important to the progress of Maori business.

He said increasingly Maori innovation, cultural distinctiveness and unique relationships are becoming more important to whether Maori families get ahead.

Mr English said he can’t recall the last time that someone representing a Maori entity referred to grant schemes which used to be the currency interaction with Government.

He says Maori are also open to doing business with a range of people, which is an example that other business leaders should follow. . .

This is good news and reinforces the importance of getting Treaty claims settled.

Ngai Tahu has shown what an Iwi can do when it stops looking backwards and moves from grievance to growth.

That success and independence isn’t just good for its members it also makes a significant and positive wider economic and social impact.

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