At four o’clock every morning Ivy Habib’s alarm wakes her and she gets ready to drive the 45 minutes to work at Te Teko in Bay of Plenty.
Ivy’s a supervisor on a blueberry farm, built on her trust’s land in partnership with Miro, a company set up to improve productivity on Māori-owned land and to create jobs for local people.
Ivy’s daughter, grandsons, cousins and aunties also work on the orchard.
Miro has 30 shareholders, all Māori entities, trusts, iwi and hapū that want to use high-value horticulture to create career opportunities for their people.
It currently has 12 orchards in the North Island growing 50 hectares of blueberries in tunnel houses.
Source: Miro – Bringing jobs home | RNZ