Māori Agribusiness Extension (MABx) programme

The Māori Agribusiness Extension (MABx) Programme opened for business on 1 July 2019 and will run for 4 years. Find out about some new options the programme brings for how Māori can partner with MPI.

The aim of MABx

Our aim is to help you, as a Māori land owner or agribusiness associated with collectively owned assets, to connect with others and get the information you need to confidently undertake change.

MABx takes a one-to-many approach.  It focuses on providing shared, group-learning opportunities, exploring sustainable system changes. Delivery of outcomes will have strong environmental and economic outputs.

Working with clusters

MABx offers an agricultural extension approach, because we recognise land owners, trustees and managers get a lot of value from being able to develop their ideas, understanding and plans over a period of time through shared learning experiences.

MABx will support Maori land owners and agribusinesses to group together as a cluster. This cluster will collaborate or collectivise to work towards a common business goal or agreed outcomes.

A cluster could learn more about a topic area, such as growing, processing and marketing food, fibre or bio products. Or, undertake a joint activity to give them more scale or leverage, such as collectivising opportunities or procurement.

MABx will provide access to the information and support that a cluster needs.  This usually will involve working with a facilitator to link to primary sector advisors and others such as existing trusted advisors, potential co-investors, service providers, business partners and trusted community members.

The programme is founded on the Ministry for Primary Industries' (MPI's) and others' research about what works for Māori and also the experience of MPI and our regional staff.

We are open-minded about how a cluster comes together – for example, you may be an existing group of neighbours with similar land within a catchment, or we may bring you together because you've been asking similar questions.

Once we've accepted a proposal, we will work with you to formally set up the cluster.

The difference between MABx and MAPIP

This new approach sits alongside MPI's existing Māori Agribusiness Pathway to Increased Productivity (MAPIP) programme. The key difference is MAPIP offers a one-on-one approach where that is appropriate. That may be because there is no-one else with similar enough questions or interests at that time for a cluster to be set up or you are in a different development phase.

Find out about MAPIP

What you need to participate in MABx

In principle, to participate in MABx, you will:

  • Be interested in exploring options for achieving your wider aspirations through introducing a new farming or growing system, or changing an existing one
  • Be willing to make changes that apply best environmental practice
  • Have assets that are administered for Māori benefit under a formal ownership structure
  • Have a functioning governance body and be able to get a mandate to participate
  • Be willing to go through an extension delivery process, committing time, effort and expertise to make it work
  • Be willing to share information and insights with others.

Get started

Our network of staff located regionally will act as your first contact point. They will spend time getting to know you and developing a picture together of what you need and how we can help.

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