Master of Māori and Indigenous Business

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A unique degree

A unique collaboration between six New Zealand universities, this degree is tailored to help you gain the skills and knowledge to lead the burgeoning Māori economy.

What is it like?

The Master of Māori and Indigenous Business (MMAIBus) is a 180-credit, part-time, online master's degree 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.

The MMAIBus is tailored to help you gain the skills and knowledge to lead the burgeoning Māori economy.

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

You will gain insight into cultural values and ethical business practice; be able to conduct independent research, seek innovative solutions and develop executable business strategies; and critically analyse, using culturally appropriate methods, sophisticated theories and appropriate technologies.

Who is it for?

MMAIBus 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. This post-experience, distance-taught programme will equip graduates for senior leadership roles.

How does it work

You will study part-time over three years. Each course is distance-taught in blocks of ten weeks, four per calendar year. You will undertake self-directed, individual and collaborative work and assignment preparation via an online learning management system, enabling students to study without compromising work commitments.

Throughout the programme you will engage with dynamic, relevant and meaningful content which has evolved from consultation with iwi, hapū and whānau, community and corporate leaders.

Your study will be kicked off with a two-day wānanga, which will connect you with your national community of MMAIBus staff and fellow students. Support services and group collaboration will also be explained to you during the wānanga.

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.

You will gain theoretical and practical knowledge equipping you to hold positions of significant responsibility within local and global business.

To succeed at a senior level in business, you must be able to communicate your work and findings effectively. The MMAIBus will give you advanced skills in oral, written and other communication media.

The qualifications, as described, are intended to assist with career advancement for candidates who are already in established positions.

Our people

Dr Farah Rangikoepa Palmer, 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.

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