Historical Success and Current Achievements
Maori farmers, including figures like Nukuhia Hadfield (representing Ngati Awa and Ngai Te Rangi), have played a key role in advancing New Zealand’s agribusiness. Their extraordinary determination and management skills have enabled them not only to overcome historical challenges but also to significantly enhance agricultural productivity. The New Zealand Statistical Office notes that Maori farms are, on average, much larger and more productive than their counterparts in the country.
Excellence in Cattle and Sheep Farming
Quality beef and lamb production has become one of the distinctive features of Maori agribusiness. Maori farms supply a significant portion of the national beef and lamb production, increasing not only volumes but also the quality of the products.
Development and Growth
Economic Contribution and Expansion
According to the latest data, Maori own assets in the primary sector worth over 13 billion dollars, including a significant share in beef and lamb production. This has been possible thanks to strategic investments and the expansion of landholdings, as confirmed by Nukuhia Hadfield.
Historical Roots and Modern Leadership
Minister of Maori Development Willie Jackson highlights the significant role of historical Maori leaders, such as Ta Apirana Ngata, in shaping modern agriculture. The development of Maori agribusiness in the 19th and 20th centuries, despite land losses, contributed to transforming New Zealand into a leading agricultural nation.
Impact on National Economy
Contribution to Economic Development
National deputy Tama Potaka emphasizes that Maori agriculture has been and remains the foundation of New Zealand’s economy. He notes that during economic crises, it was the agricultural sector, including Maori farms, that played a key role in recovering and supporting the country’s economy.
Challenges and Prospects
Adapting to Climate Change
New challenges, such as climate change, require Maori farmers to adapt and develop new approaches to land and livestock management. Nukuhia Hadfield notes that Maori, acting as kaitiaki (guardians) of their lands, have always aimed to work in harmony with nature.
Conclusion: Sustainable Development and Pride
The Future of Agriculture
The growth and development of Maori agribusiness continues, with an emphasis on sustainable resource use and ecological balance preservation. This not only ensures food security but also contributes to the preservation of Maori cultural heritage.