A total of $872 million worth of goods were exported by Māori authorities last year, up from the previous year’s total of $755 million reports Stats NZ.
The Tatauranga umanga Māori: 2021 report showed that milk powder, butter and cheese contributed around a quarter of these exports. The total income of Māori authorities in the 2021 Financial Year was $3.95 billion.
In 2021, there were 1227 Māori authorities, employing approximately 11,100 people. Twenty four per cent of Māori authorities were in the primary industries with 17 per cent in agriculture.
Between 2020 and 2021, the total land area for Māori farms increased by 8400 hectares (1.7 per cent) to a total of 488,900 hectares. Over the same period, grassland on Māori farms increased by 6.4 per cent to a total of 219,300 hectares.
The are in plantation land which includes forest plantings and areas awaiting restocking on Māori farms increased by 100 hectares (0.1 per cent) to a total of 126,100 hectares.
Almost half (45 per cent) of land held by Māori farms was made up of grassland. A further 26 per cent was in plantations, and 17 per cent of land was bush and scrub.
The report also found that the average size of a Māori farm was 1269 hectares, almost five times as large as the average New Zealand farm (267 hectares).
On average Māori farms had almost five times as many sheep, six times as many beef cattle and twice as many dairy cattle as other farms.
Climate change was also highlighted in the report with 85 per cent of Māori authorities and 51 per cent of other Māori enterprises, saying they plan to take some action in response to climate change in the next five years, compared to 45 per cent of all New Zealand businesses.
54 per cent of Māori authorities said they were very aware of Government policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, compared to 27 per cent of all New Zealand businesses.
“In Budget 2022, the Government invested $30.5 million to establish a platform for Māori Climate Action and it’s encouraging to see Māori leading the way in preparing their businesses to respond to climate change,” said Associate Minister of Statistics Meka Whaitiri.
More information from the report can be found here.