Māori Construction Business Capability Development

Current State Analysis Report - February 2024

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Māori Construction Business Capability Development

Executive summary

The purpose of this report is to provide a current state analysis of Māori 
businesses in the construction sector, describe their capability 
development needs, and provide insights that can enhance the existing 

The construction sector plays an important role in the economy of New 
Zealand. In 2022, the construction sector employed over 290,000 New 
Zealanders and contributed to 7.1% of New Zealand’s GDP. Māori are well 
represented in this sector making up 16.7% of this workforce and 10.95% 
of business owners. The growth of the sector, its workforce, and Māori 
businesses within it, therefore, provide great opportunity to support 
wider socio-economic outcomes for Māori whānau and communities.

This report describes the current state of Māori businesses within the 
construction sector and identifies potential opportunities to further 
support business capability development. While its focus is primarily on 
exploring issues of Māori owned businesses (defined as those with an 
ownership of at least 50% of people who have whakapapa Māori), it also 
includes data relating to significant employers of Māori (defined as those 
with at least 75% of the workforce are Māori) to provide a holistic
understanding of Māori business issues across the sector.

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