Home to 680 million people and with a GDP of US $3 trillion, Southeast Asia is an economic market with enormous value – and potential – for Māori business and investment.

It is already New Zealand’s fourth-largest goods export market, and in 2020 New Zealand exported $1.6b of services to the region.

There is significant value for Māori businesses exploring potential markets and capitalising on markets that already have an established and trusted relationship with New Zealand.

To discuss these opportunities, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is hosting a new event – Realising Opportunities for Kiwi Business in Southeast Asia.

It will be held on 7 June from 5pm to 7pm and can be attended either in person, at the Boatshed on Wellington’s waterfront, or virtually, via Zoom.

There will be an opportunity to hear from the Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth, Phil Twyford, and ask questions on all aspects of trade in Southeast Asia.

This will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from across the region. 

Te Taumata encourages all Māori businesses that are currently exporting or looking to export their high-quality, premium goods to register and attend what we are sure will be a valuable and informative event.