Each year people finish training courses and programmes with the goal of being self-employed or setting up their own small business or cooperative venture – and often with the goal of employing family and friends to share in the venture together.
Greater support from government, local government, and Iwi and community agencies is needed to assist with start-up and remaining viable.
Opportunities exist in the sustainable production of goods and services such as food, transport, energy, building and construction, IT, creative arts and design, broadcasting, the revitalisation and promotion of te reo Māori, and socially and environmentally nurturing projects.
MANA policy priorities are to:
Increase funding, staffing and resourcing to Te Puni Kokiri to
- ensure access to finance and quality business support services
- for small Māori businesses
Establish a Small Business Development Network to
- provide business development courses, business planning and mentoring
- ensure access to the WINZ Business Grant for small business start-up funding
- Tax small businesses based on annual turnover rather than the 28% business tax
Re-establish a fully-funded Community Economic Development Unit
- with loans and grants and access to capital funding
- to support the development of community enterprises, and
- to enable communities to share strategies and ideas
Prioritise investment in
- Community and localised food production, including organic and hua parakore foods
- Ensuring local products, services and contractors are favoured for government work
- Public transport systems in cities, towns, and rural areas
- Small scale sustainable energy generation
- Regeneration of native and carbon forests on marginal lands
- A biofuels programme for land that is unsuitable for growing food
- Environmentally sustainable and low cost, low tech housing projects