Whakarongo ake au ki te tangi ā te manu Tui, tui, tuituia Tuia i runga, tuia i raro, tuia i roto, tuia i waho Tuia te here tangata Ka rongo te pō! Ka rongo te ao! Tui, tuituia Tuia te muka tangata i takea mai i Hawaiki-nui, Hawaiki-roa, Hawaiki-pāmamao Te hono i wairua Ki te whai ao Ki te ao marama Tihei mauri ora!
As we ponder the current status of our country, it’s hard not to think about the opportunity for Māori to change the game, not only for them but for the benefit of the country. The reality is that the world is heading to where Māori already are and so the time is right for us to secure this advantage.
But to capitalise on this unprecedented rate of change, we are now forced to consider the broader context in which we operate. Global megatrends are major forces shaping the future of the world and are expected to have relevance for at least the next 20 years. In this, our inaugural issue of Te Tui – our quarterly newsletter – we summarise one of these megatrends, demographics, and what we should think about as we enact our dreams. We’ll look at what KPMG is doing as our contribution to effecting change on the ground and what could be done to help grow the engine of the New Zealand economy, the SME sector.
Corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship are gaining higher profiles in the business community. The motivations vary from recognition that it is simply the right thing to do through to highly personal reasons of business leaders on their own journey wanting to “give back”.
While the terminology is different, many Māori collective entities have been practicing this concept for as long as they have been able to. For years, as long as financial performance has allowed (and sometimes when it hasn’t!), they have invested funds in programmes that have non-commercial benefits. It’s fair to say that here in Aotearoa, Māori have led in this area and it’s one we are really pleased to follow. Our commitment to fuelling New Zealand’s prosperity extends beyond our clients and into the communities in which we serve and it’s been our privilege to work alongside such passionate community leaders on those things that truly matter at the heart of our society.
Nationally we have focused our support on disadvantaged youth through projects focusing on education and leadership. One of the initiatives that we have been involved with, alongside other partners including Te Tumu Paeroa, has been the Mt Albert Grammar School farm redevelopment. With a looming skills shortage in the primary sector, this provides an opportunity for rangatahi to have access to a world-class education and experience a cutting-edge agricultural facility, ironically in the city.
The cornerstone of our community involvement is our partnership programme between our offices and local low decile schools. These partnerships take many different forms and includes Board roles, fundraising and donations, Christmas gifts, help at sports days, school camps and excursions, donations of IT and office equipment, volunteering at breakfast clubs, mentoring and scholarships. It’s an absolute privilege to be allowed to be part of the extended whanau of these schools.
Our partner schools are:
Projections to 2030 estimate that:
The effect of these demographic movements will impact our way of life.
There are opportunities to capitalise on these shifts.
The key questions worth considering are:
“Our biggest issues facing governments in the first half of the 21st century is intergenerational aging. Its management will require continuous monitoring and policy adjustment. Its impact will place an enormous pressure on the pursuit of economic productivity. Its neglect will destine a nation’s economic growth to years of duress”. Mick Allworth, KPMG Partner
If we are to turn this around, we require:
What part can Māori play in creating the conditions for this turn around?
The term “Māori economy” almost naturally leads to a discussion on treaty settlements. However given that settlement assets represent less than 10% of the estimated asset base of almost $43b it is clear that there is massive potential in the Māori SME space.
With 99% of New Zealand’s 450,000 businesses being privately owned and employing less than 20 people, it is clear to see where the engine room of the economy lies. It’s something we have been aware of for a long time and our Private Enterprise service is solely focused on these privately owned businesses.
As we look to provide our tamariki with a variety of options for their future, it’s important that we have highly successful and highly visible private Māori businesses, doing well on the international stage. Key to this is growing the number of enterprises where innovation and competitiveness lies at the very core of how they think and what they do. The work recently done by KPMG’s Simon Hunter examined the Enterprise DNA traitscommon across leading businesses and provides some interesting insights on what we might want to focus on as we grow Māori owned businesses fit for the international stage.
The people running these businesses will not only create employment and growth opportunities for their communities, but will ultimately inspire the next wave of Māori entrepreneurs. KPMG’s Chairman, Ross Buckley is on the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Supporters Council. YES is a programme aimed at planting the seed of entrepreneurship at a young age (secondary school), and we would welcome the opportunity to work with the Māori business, tribal and education leaders to increase the involvement of Rangatahi in the programme.
If we continue to help businesses grow, then we will in turn help our whanau, communities and the country prosper as a whole. If we can turn just a fraction of those small and medium sized businesses into large businesses competing on an international scale, then our people and the motu will be all the better for it.
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