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Finance Minister Grant Robertson is counting on the Māori economy being one of the engines of sustainable growth in the decades ahead.

He says while Māori, Pasifika and women have borne the brunt of job losses from COVID, there are signs of resilience in the Māori economy.

He says Māori views fit in well with the Government’s well-being approach that tries to include not just financial considerations but also looking after communities and the environment.

The Government intends to encourage that through increased procurement of services and goods from Māori firms, support for Māori exporters and also backing land development.

"So huge opportunities. I think the Māori economy is going to be one of the major engines of sustainable growth in the coming decades and we want to be partners in that," Mr Robertson says.

He says one of the reasons for picking Dr Ganesh Nana to chair the Productivity Commission was the strong links he had build up with Māori through the economic consultancy BERL.

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