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Our consultation on Tatauranga Umanga Māori provided the following insights into how we can get more data about Māori authorities, and the information that will be useful to Māori.

Multi-pronged approach needed

We need a multi-pronged approach to increase access to, and use of, data on Māori authorities. This includes:

  • Identify more Māori authorities and add them to the Business Frame. This will provide a sufficient number of Māori authorities in survey samples, and will improve the quality of statistical estimates.
  • Learn how to quantify information about other areas of the Māori economy we identify, such as ‘Māori in business’ or Māori employees.
  • In the longer-term, aim to provide information that reflects the multiple roles of Māori entities that receive, manage, and/or administer assets held in common ownership by Māori.

Identifying more Māori authorities

We can identify a Māori authority if the entity meets the current Inland Revenue eligibility criteria, irrespective of whether they elect to be an MA for tax purposes. The Business Frame already includes all Māori authorities that fulfil this Inland Revenue eligibility criteria, and the Māori Business Indicator is updated monthly using Inland Revenue records for MA tax codes.

The scope of a Māori authority should include any commercial business that supports the authority’s business and social activities, and sustains or builds a Māori authority’s asset base. We need to expand ownership and control criteria to acknowledge the investment models adopted by Māori authorities.

We know that not all Māori authorities register under these tax codes. Therefore we need to identify these missing entities and convince them of the value and relevance of the Tatauranga Umanga Māori project. To achieve this, we must focus on building and maintaining positive relationships, and providing data that is valuable and relevant to customers.

Māori want many types and levels of data

Māori want to access many types and differing levels of data about Māori authorities because of the wide range of social, cultural, environmental, political, and economic activities and affairs the authorities look after on behalf of the collective. General themes of interest are:

  • economic wealth
  • social cohesion
  • educational advancement
  • cultural reproduction
  • environmental well-being.

We may be able to use our current surveys to provide some of this data. However, this will only be useful when the sample sizes and participation rates of Māori authorities in current and future surveys increase significantly.

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