Māori and Pasifika businesses

Joining He Waka Eke Noa opens up exciting opportunities for He Waka Eke Noa registered Maori and Pasifika businesses.

By becoming a HWEN supplier member you are:

  • gaining access to a large range of clients and buyers,
  • improving your chances of winning work
  • connecting into a network of like-minded businesses
  • able to get support to grow your business and be successful.

He Waka Eke Noa provides Maori and Pasifika businesses with connections to Clients and Buyers who recognise the added social value buying from Maori and Pasifika businesses can create in our communities. They want to buy from HWEN suppliers. HWEN gives your business a stage, with a captured audience. HWEN will also connect you with the necessary support so you’re able to maximise on sales opportunities, when they arise.  He Waka Eke Noa does not win you the work, you do, through your products, pitch, pricing, compliance and ability to provide a high quality service.

In addition to registration with He Waka Eke Noa, we support Māori and Pasifika-owned businesses to:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in a wide range of issues that affect their ability to gain and grow business opportunities with clients and buyers, from health and safety compliance to international standards on environmental sustainability.
  • Understand and engage in procurement processes and relationships with clients and buyers, from tender processes to contract management.
  • Joint venture with, and buy from, each other, creating new opportunities and keeping more resources circulating in Māori and Pasifika economies.

You can find our upcoming workshops, trainings and forums here.

He Waka Eke Noa also provides a platform for businesses to share information, organise collectively and raise strategic issues that affect Māori and Pasifika small and medium-sized enterprises.

Definition of Māori and/or Pasifika business

Māori or/and Pasifika-owned businesses 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.

Relevant enterprises 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.

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.