Te Taumata lobbies for more Māori businesses on trade missions

Te Taumata lobbies for more Māori businesses on trade missions

Te Taumata is working closely with key ministers to ensure Māori businesses play an important role in upcoming international trade missions.

The missions are part of the Government’s Trade-Led Recovery Strategy out of COVID and Te Taumata believes Māori organisations are among the best-placed to capitalise on these opportunities.

This position is further supported by the results of our recent trade survey, which returned 21 completed and informative business profiles that have an ongoing interest in trade.

These businesses, that are either already exporting, or are poised to begin exporting, have an incredible array of premium goods and services, wrapped and branded in an authentic Māori sustainability story.

In a recent letter to Ministers Nanaia Mahuta (Foreign Affairs), Damien O’Connor (Trade), and Rino Tirikatene (Under-Secretary Trade and Māori Development), Te Taumata has strongly recommended Government considers all 21 of these Māori businesses for participation in trade missions.

Their inclusion presents a wonderful opportunity to highlight what Aotearoa has to offer to the rest of the world.

Based on feedback we have received from Singapore and Japan mission representatives, we have also recommended the Government support a Te Taumata-led trade mission back to Japan to build on relationships.

It is Te Taumata’s innovation-ethic, combined with its leadership, that is ensuring Māori trade interests are at the forefront of all government trade, political, and investment planning domestically and across the world.



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