Election Update

Election Update

18 October, 2020

Browning of New Zealand Parliament: Our Journey Continues

Te Taumata – a business network focused on better trade outcomes for Māori – welcomes the return of a Labour-led Government, with a possible coalition with the Greens and Māori Party following the election. 

This will ensure essential continuity and progress in global trade negotiations, started in the last 12 months, to advance the interests of whānau and business exporters, says Te Taumata Chair, Chris Karamea Insley.

“While special votes obviously still need to be confirmed, it is incredibly encouraging to see up to 35 Māori MPs in Parliament as a result of this election, and especially refreshing to see young MPs coming in with their drive, energy and new ideas to tackle the big issues confronting whanau, our nation and the planet.

“We have seen some significant global developments in the past three years, including COVID-19, climate change and Brexit, which all have the potential to have a serious impact on New Zealand’s export economy – and in turn, the Māori economy and outcomes for whānau,” says Mr Insley.

“Ensuring Aotearoa remains at the forefront of global trade decisions and developments is imperative, and the consistency of a follow-on Labour-led Government will help ensure that.”

Mr Insley says important priorities for the Government will need to include accelerating negotiations with both the United Kingdom and the European Union, while ensuring sustainability outcomes and Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles are incorporated.

“The Māori economy has an asset base estimated to be worth around $50 billion, making an increasingly significant contribution to the growth of the national economy.

“It is critical that this Māori voice is heard in international trade discussions – but this is not just about supporting our export businesses, it’s about ensuring a thriving and prosperous future for whānau and local communities. 

“This is our reason for being and we look forward to working with the new Government Ministers on a transformational agenda to achieve greater outcomes for Māori and all New Zealanders from an economic, environmental, cultural and social point of view.”

Kei te haere tonu to tatou mahi! (Our journey continues)



Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

CCAB delivers programs that facilitate the growth of Indigenous business, build relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous business, and ensure life-long learning for Indigenous entrepreneurs, and other Canadian business leaders. These efforts recognise the central role that Indigenous business and communities hold in the future of Canada.
Our mission is to promote, strengthen and enhance a prosperous Indigenous economy through the fostering of business relationships, opportunities and awareness for all of our members.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Ministry acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.
E mahi ana te Manatū i te Ao kia whai haumaru me te whai rawa mo Aotearoa.
New Zealand’s security and prosperity depend on the conditions in, and our connections with, the wider world. This means we must engage with – and seek to influence – other countries to our advantage, in line with New Zealand’s values and interests including that of Maori.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the government agency charged with helping New Zealand businesses to grow internationally.
We use our extensive knowledge and global networks to help exporters of all sizes make better decisions and connect to the right partners and investors.
We connect international businesses and investors with high-value growth opportunities in New Zealand.
By supporting New Zealand businesses, we boost New Zealand's economy and reputation, and help to share what's special about New Zealand with the rest of the world.

Callaghan Innovation

We are New Zealand's innovation agency. We activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand.
We partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, providing a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of growth.
Our people – including more than 200 of New Zealand’s leading scientists and engineers – empower innovators by connecting people, opportunities and networks, and providing tailored technical solutions, skills and capability development programmes, and grants co-funding.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) plays a central role in shaping and delivering a strong New Zealand economy.
Our role is to create better outcomes for all New Zealanders, particularly by supporting business growth.
We are responsible for the delivery of advice, regulation and services that have a real impact on people, businesses and the environment within which they operate.