Māori have stamped their mark on the kiwifruit industry with plans to increase their stakehold in the future by utilising more land.
Māori Kiwifruit Growers Inc chairman Tiaki Hunia said the group formed in 2016 to create a collective voice.
''We have always maintained the view that what is good for Māori is great for the industry.''
Its members, which include collective owners and iwi, account for more than 180 orchards in New Zealand.
''Although they are predominantly in the Bay of Plenty, we have Māori orchards in Northland, Waikato, Gisborne, East Coast and Nelson, so there is a definite