Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Muka Tangata is committed to supporting Māori in ways that enable them to learn, develop, and flourish as Māori, and do so at all levels, and across all industries.


The purpose of the Education and Training Act 2020  (the Act) section 4(d) brings into focus honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi and supporting the Māori Crown relationship. Te Tiriti o Waitangi provides the framework that guides how these aspirations will be enabled:

  • Kāwanatanga: Governance
  • Tino Rangatiratanga: Sovereignty
  • Mana Ōrite: Full citizenship and rights of Māori

We are passionate about ways in which we can honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and have built that commitment into our strategic direction and operating model in a way that guides and underpins all our work.

We recognise the invaluable and innovative participation and contribution Māori have made to the food and fibre sector.

We celebrate Māori entrepreneurship and our tipuna who quickly embraced the commercial opportunities that European settlers provided.

We work with iwi, hapū, whānau and businesses, to understand how to meet their needs, and support their goals.

Māori are a significant and growing group across the food and fibre sector. 

While Māori are well represented in the workforces and within food and fibre sector assets, anecdotal evidence suggests they are under-represented in leadership and managerial positions.

Muka Tangata is developing and strengthening partnerships with iwi, hapū and Māori businesses across Aotearoa to better understand skills needs both now and in the future. Our approach is underpinned by te Tiriti o Waitangi and a recognition that mātauranga Māori contributes significantly to better outcomes for Māori.

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$68.7 Billion

In 2018, the financial value of the Māori asset base across the Aotearoa economy totalled $68.7 billion.

$23.4 Billion

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry assets make up $23.4 billion in value, an increase of $12 billion since 2013.


Māori make up 16% of the workforce of our sector's workforce, higher than the percentage of people who identify as Māori in the working age population.