Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business

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A unique degree

The burgeoning Māori economy needs skilled graduates able to stimulate local, national and international growth. You will gain skills, knowledge and understanding of the practice and theory of Māori and Indigenous business, organisations and communities.

What is it like?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business (PGDipMAIBus) is a part-time, online programme delivered in partnership with the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Massey University, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and The University of Waikato. The six universities share delivery of the programme providing you with access to leading academics and practitioners nationwide. Students enrol online with the university of their choice.

What will you learn?

When you graduate with the PGDipMAIBus you will have the essential knowledge and skills in business required to contribute fully to decision making at management level in a Māori or other business context.

You will have an advanced understanding of a scholarly body of knowledge and the practical application of business processes, strategies and policies that relate to Māori and Indigenous businesses, organisations and communities. This includes the ability to work with diverse sources of information, to locate, analyse and use business information using culturally appropriate methods, models and technologies.

You will also develop your ability to interpret and evaluate cultural values and ethical business practice and solve problems through analysis and critical inquiry, particularly in the context of business research and practice.

A national collaboration

The PGDipMAIBus is a national collaboration between six New Zealand universities and leading Māori academics and business people, and has been designed to provide capable business people across New Zealand with access to advanced business education.

Who is it for?

The PGDipMAIBus is for those involved in Māori and Indigenous business and those who wish to enhance their understanding in this field, perhaps as business owners, managers or administrators. 

A good fit if you:

  • Improve your career and senior management prospects
  • Develop advanced business skills
  • Understand Māori and Indigenous approaches and values to business theory and business practice.


You will be given the opportunity to be at the forefront of Māori and Indigenous-led enterprise, governance and management.

To succeed at a senior level in business, you must be able to communicate your work and findings effectively.

The PGDipMAIBus will give you advanced skills in oral, written and other communication media.
This qualification is intended to assist with career advancement for candidates who are already in established positions.

Our people

Dr Farah Rangikoepa Palmer, ONZM, Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato, PHD (Otago), BPE (Otago)

Dr Farah Rangikoepa Palmer is a director of the Māori Business & Leadership Centre and a senior lecturer in the School of Management based on Massey's Manawatū campus. Farah’s academic focus is sport sociology, sport management, leadership and governance as they relate to Māori and women in particular.

Dr Jason Paul Mika, Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu, PHD (Massey), MPP (VUW), BMS(HONS)

Dr Jason Paul Mika is a senior lecturer in the School of Management also based on the Manawatū campus. He is also a director of Te Au Rangahau, the Māori Business & Leadership Research Centre.

Jason’s research interests are indigenous entrepreneurship and management and indigenous methodologies in business research.

Dr Steve Elers, Ngāti Kauwhata, Rangitāne, Ngati Haua, Ngati Maniapoto, Rangitane, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāi Tahu, PHD (Auck. UT), MPUBREL (S. QLD), MLEARNING&DEV (S. QLD)

Dr Steve Elers is a lecturer in Massey University’s School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, and is based on the Manawatū campus. He is interested in critical theories, including: kaupapa Māori, critical indigenous studies, critical race theory, cultural studies, and semiotics. His doctoral research used a kaupapa Māori approach to examine Māori perspectives of public information advertisements.

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