COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am
Ed Sheeran

Maori hemp businesses look to exports
Photo: Pixabay.

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

Click here for the full interview.

A Māori hemp and cannabis business cluster are trying to identify new products with export potential.

Richard Jones from Māori business development agency Poutama says Mihi or Movers in Hemp Innovation came together in July 2018 to bring together Māori in the industry or wanting to enter.

Because New Zealand has been slower than other countries to open up to hemp and cannabis products, the members felt they needed to develop high-value hemp-derived products that incorporate Māori values and culture.

Market research in North America funded by a $100,000 Māori food & beverage development grant from the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge should tell MIHI whether it is on the right track.

"What value is there in the New Zealand brand and in an indigenous brand? In this respect, we are also working with Canadian First Nations on whether we can develop a joint product. We've got the manuka honey. They've got the CBD oil. Can we combine the two and come up with a product that is different?" Mr Jones says.

He says the market research may indicate whether there is value in marketing products under an indigenous brand.

Copyright © 2020, UMA Broadcasting Ltd:


TRM Classes
NLC - One More Try - (feat Stanley T) [Official Video]
OPINION: Will Maori suffer more convictions from new sexual assault laws?
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: The new Sexual Violence legislation the Greens are pushing through Parliament has noble intentions to make the process less traumatic on victims, but by removing defences to rape to ensure more guilty verdicts are returned, the Greens could be setting up more Māori men for convictions.
OPINION: Kindness towards South Auckland whanau more important than ever
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: People are angry.
OPINION: Kelvin Davis has another terrible day at the office
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: I am honestly not sure who is advising Minister Kelvin Davis, but his surprising decision this week to attack People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) and refer their pamphlets calling on prison reform to the Police for supposedly inciting the prison riot at Waikeria prison is such a desperately wrong footed move one is left wondering what on earth he thinks he's doing.





Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am