FAQs

Māori or/and Pasifika-owned business are defined as enterprises where:

  • Partnerships: at least 50% of each class of partnership interest is owned by Māori and/or Pasifika person(s) and such ownership must be reflected in the partnership agreement; or
  • Corporations/companies: Māori and/or Pasifika person(s) own at least 50% of each class of ordinary voting shares issued and at least 50% of each class of all other shares issued; or
  • Trusts: at least 50% of owner(s) of securities or assets held in trust are Māori and/or Pasifika person(s); or
  • Sole proprietorship/trader: 100% ownership by a Māori and/or Pasifika person.

Māori are defined as people with Māori whakapapa and who identify as Māori.

Pasifika peoples are people descended from the indigenous Pacific ethnic groups of Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Fiji, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and the small island states of Micronesia.

Businesses can include sole traders, partnerships, incorporated companies, trusts, incorporated societies, cooperatives, not-for-profits, iwi and hapū organisations, marae, social enterprises, community-led enterprises and franchises.

He Waka Eke Noa registers businesses that sell goods, services and works to other businesses and organisations (B2B).

B2B, or business-to-business, is where the transaction is between businesses, rather than with individual consumers.

No. It is free for Māori and Pasifika-owned businesses to register with He Waka Eke Noa.

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Yes. We register Māori and Pasifika-owned businesses that sell goods, services and works to other businesses and organisations from across Aotearoa.

No. Firstly, you need to sell goods, services and works that B2B clients and buyers want. Secondly, as a supplier, you will still need to be competitive on price and meet other requirements such as quality, methodology, compliance etc. He Waka Eke Noa creates a platform for clients and buyers to find and connect with Māori and Pasifika businesses that meet these needs.

We check to ensure that the businesses are genuinely Māori and/or Pasifika owned. It is the responsibility of the buyer to ensure due diligence requirements are met.

We are in the process of developing and implementing a certification process for ownership based on international best practice.

A client is the person or organisation who is specifying the goods, services or works to be sourced. They can also be the buyer if they are in a direct contract relationship with the supplier.

A buyer is the person or organisation who contracts the supplier but is not the client. This applies to situations where a business is sub-contracted to a main contractor.

Clients and buyers can be from the public, private, non-government or not-for-profit sectors.

Want to join the movement for supplier diversity and development and economic inclusion in Aotearoa? We’d love to hear from you so contact Anna-Jane Edwards, TSI Social Intrapreneur  at Auckland Council to find out more on 027 286 1874.

Clients and buyers can find basic information about the businesses here

Clients and buyers who join He Waka Eke Noa as a member have access to full information about the businesses, facilitation support, special access to events and one-to-one consultancy advice and support on supplier diversity and development.

Yes. Your member fee supports the advice, support and facilitation that He Waka Eke Noa delivers. Members have access to full information about the businesses, facilitation to businesses, one-to-one consultancy advice and support on supplier diversity and development and special access to events.

Contact Anna-Jane Edwards, Social Intrapreneur in The Southern Initiative to find out more on: anna-jane.edwards@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or 0272861874