Trade Works: Building a new future for Indigenous trade

Trade Works: Building a new future for Indigenous trade

Te Taumata board member Carrie Stoddart-Smith (Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Whātua) has highlighted the benefits of engaging Indigenous peoples in international trade in an inspiring opinion piece published on Trade Works – New Zealand’s International Business Forum.

The piece, published earlier this week, presents a clear case for the wealth, wellbeing and knowledge Indigenous peoples bring to international trade as the world rebuilds after COVID.

“As we shift from analogue to digital, from extraction to regeneration and from protectionism to globalisation, Indigenous businesses are imagining and building new pathways. They’re repurposing their ancient practices and forging new alliances to meet today’s challenges and to address disparities between communities. They’re pursuing stronger links to supply chains that ensure continued access to the goods and services essential to the survival of their peoples. As they do so, they’re actively exploring ideas to capture more value and challenging the old imaginaries.”

Te Taumata values the insights and expertise Carrie brings to the board, and encourages more trade partners to foster meaningful relationships with Indigenous-led businesses – it is genuine collaboration that will lead to global solutions.

Alongside her work with Te Taumata, Carrie is also the Director and Founder of OpinioNative – a research, policy and project design consultancy firm, and a board member of the Trade for All Ministerial Advisory Group and the Global Centre of Indigenomics.

Trade Works is the communications platform for the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF), and the New Zealand Chapter of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).



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.