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Your feedback will help shape future Māori business statistics

Tatauranga Umanga Māori 2016: Statistics on Māori businesses is another small step along the path to identifying the contribution of Māori business to the economy. See how you can help us shape the future of Māori business statistics:

  • Limitations in process of identifying Māori authorities 
  • Future reporting approach
  • How to give your feedback

Limitations in process of identifying Māori authorities

Our current process for identifying Māori authorities has limitations, (see How we identified Māori authorities, Statistics NZ, 2015,b). Although we have identified dozens more Māori businesses, including Māori authorities, for Tatauranga Umanga Māori 2016, the limitations of our process are still apparent. In future we hope to streamline, and where possible, automate the addition of Māori businesses to our Business Register.

We produced the SME and tourism statistics in Tatauranga Umanga Māori 2016 by utilising lists provided by two partner organisations, the Poutama Trust and NZ Māori Tourism. We intend to expand partnerships of this type to increase the coverage of our Māori business statistics. For example, we are working with the Māori Land Court, other government agencies, and iwi partners to try to produce Māori land productivity statistics.

Over the past 12 months we also worked to match information from a number of datasets for a more detailed picture of Māori self-employment or ‘Māori in business’. This work is progressing, but unfortunately was not at a point at which its publication could be included in this report. We expect that it will be for future reporting.

Future reporting approach

Understanding the methodology and quality associated with additional partner information sources is important to both Statistics NZ and users of the data, to ensure comparable statistics and consistent time series. Including wider definitions and partner lists may mean an uneven level of reporting across the economy, or even geographically, as we incorporate different sources (Statistics NZ (2015,b). We will continue to update our methodology and supporting notes as reporting evolves, as we have in the current report.

He Arotahi Tatauranga – the Māori Statistical Framework (Statistics NZ, 2014,a) will also continue to help us explore and discover ways to think about, gather, organise, connect, and make sense of information relevant to Māori development and well-being. We recognise that Māori economic development is interwoven with social, environmental, and cultural development and, therefore, that we need to consider its wider context within te ao Māori – the Māori world. Continuing to make use of He Arotahi Tatauranga will enable that process.  

How to give your feedback

We recognise the importance of the many partner relationships that have assisted us with the important work Tatauranga Umanga Māori represents. At the heart of this is the invaluable feedback we receive from our partners and customers. We continue to seek and be open to your feedback on this and future reports. Please send your comments to info@stats.govt.nz with Tatauranga Umanga Māori in the subject line.

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