E hika mā, tena rawātu roto nga ahuatanga rerekē o te Ao, tena koe!
There is still time to register for our next Māori trade hui, to be hosted by Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta at Parliament on 11 October.
We anticipate this will be the largest hui ever held in Aotearoa New Zealand on Global Trade and the interests of Māori exporters and whānau.
The hui will bring together leaders of Government, heads of key ministries, international ambassadors and Māori business leaders to discuss the complex issues confronting the world, and the new opportunities arising in global trade.
Currently, about 40 per cent of the value of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) is lost through poor implementation. We, as Māori, want to be able to capitalise on all the opportunities presented through these agreements, including the most recently signed FTAs with the United Kingdom and European Union.
From this hui, Te Taumata is striving for a collective agreement on an implementation plan to realise the new opportunities arising from these free trade agreements.
I look forward to seeing you all and taking part in this kōrero in Parliament.