Established in 2016 by Māori …for Māori , the call was made nationwide to identified Māori Kiwifruit Growers, inviting them to attend a hui at Maungatapu Marae in Tauranga Moana. That hui was attended by many growers from within the Tauranga region and without and included key industry players keen tō show their support of the idea.
Break out groups were formed, and those present asked to articulate what they want from a forum such as this, from there a working group was nominated and appointed and tasked with collating the responses by Māori Growers and the establishment of an appropriate vehicle to lead the forum.
Three months later, In December, the growers regrouped at Te Kaha to formally adopt the Incorporation Rules, and to nominate and vote, by region, Executive Committee Representatives. From here Māori Kiwifruit Growers Inc was formed.
He Whenua Rangatira | Authority, Wellbeing & Prosperity
To build and grow the Māori Kiwifruit business for current and future generations
Kotahitanga | Te Iti, Te Rahi
Mana Whakahaere | Influence, Leadership, Leverage, Decision Making
Whai Hua | Opportunities, Value, Better Decisions
From the outset, it was clear that Māori Growers want to
- Achieve Leadership at all levels of the industry
- Increase OGR and Production
- Achieve more efficient access to information/better data of Māori profile within the industry
The number of seats available on the Executive Committee for each region is based on production and is reviewed every two years. Current representation based on the average of the top three performing years in the five years leading up to and including 2016 is as follows The Executive Committee nominated by each region are…
In Feb 2017, the Executive met to put together a Strategic Plan and outlined Four Priorities for Focus being
- To lead with information, communications, visibility, representation and advocacy
- To provide services that support increased net returns to growers
- To identify training and support provision
In Dec 2017, the Executive held their first Annual General Meeting to provide an update to Māori Growers on progress to date.
Click her to view our 2017 Priorities for Focus.