WELLINGTON, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- A report released on Wednesday has highlighted Maori women's contribution to New Zealand economy.
The report was named as Maori women in business: insights, looks at businesses run by Maori women and how many people they employ. Information gathered in the report shows business is a viable option for Maori women in New Zealand and highlights the economic and social contribution they are making to their communities.
"Maori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities," said New Zealand Minister for Woman Julie Anne Genter.
According to the report, there are increasing numbers of Maori women active in businesses across the country, with at least 6,500 work in their own business.
The data shows Maori women businesses are not just urban based, but also contribute to New Zealand regional and rural economies, including Northland, Otago, and Southland. The main businesses Maori women are involved in include agriculture, forestry and fishing; professional, scientific and technical services; construction, and healthcare and social assistance.
The report was commissioned by the New Zealand National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women (NACEW) in conjunction with the Ministry for Women, and with support from the Federation of Maori Authorities, Maori Women's Development Incorporated and Victoria University of Wellington.