The Māori Agribusiness Extension (MABx) programme supports you to undertake change. This is done in small groups, or clusters, and is built around:
- building your capability as a landowner to identify and implement sustainable changes in land-use practice
- working together with other landowners to make the most of opportunities to achieve the benefits of scale
- providing access to a wider range of knowledge, tools and networks to support whenua development.
MABx participants have a common interest, want to work together, and are usually at a similar stage of development.
There are 2 types of MABx clusters:
- Exploration clusters: enable participants to explore opportunities to work together
- Project clusters: enable participants to implement collective goals.
Achieving your goals through MABx
The programme will help you to form networks, access knowledge, and support your needs. Your cluster might want to learn more about:
- growing a new crop
- improving land-use management of your whenua
- explore value chain options (e.g., processing capability)
- marketing kai or fibre
- producing new products
- meeting regulatory standards
- accessing new markets.
What you need to take part in MABx
There are a few things you will need to get involved. You should:
- be interested in exploring new options for your whenua or other agribusiness assets
- be willing to work with other trusts and go through a group learning process – committing time, effort and knowledge to make it work
- be willing to make changes that apply good environmental practices
- have whenua administered for the benefit of Māori and administered under a formal ownership structure
- have a functioning governance group and be able to obtain trustee agreement to participate.
The next step
These resources can help you decide if this programme is right for you.
Who to contact
To find out more or have a kōrero with our regional kaimahi, email firstname.lastname@example.org