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).